12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”[c]
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
On Sunday, one of the ministers at our church (Rev. Lornette Reynolds) taught an amazing sermon titled “The Hardened Heart”. To be honest, all my life I had been under the illusion that hardened heart was simply a heart that wanted to sin and was unwilling to be obedient heart. My shock, conviction, and repentance were all REAL when I realized that a hardened heart scripturally has always been an unbelieving heart. The book of Hebrews was written to believers. So, this isn’t referencing a heart that doesn’t believe that God exists (the Israelites believed that he did), but one that didn’t believe he can and will. Every time they encountered difficulty their default was fear, panic, mistrust, and rebellion as they tried to find their own solutions. We look at the children of Israel many times and feel like they were so foolish to have seen so much of God’s goodness and CONSTANTLY question and complain against him. But I’m no different, and I’m sure many of us are no different either.
So TODAY, if you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts through unbelief. Don’t forfeit the ability to enter his rest. It’s exhausting not to trust God.
Some other scriptures that would be great to read are the entireity of Hebrews 3,4, and 12. Some engaging and dynamic teachings on this can be found on Youtube. Check out Pastor Stephen Chandler of Destiny Church’s series on Fear as well as Transformation Church’s series called Crazy Faith. If you have any other resources, feel free to add them in the comments section. Be encouraged guys!