Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 38 Day 1
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7 So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
How do we harden our hearts? I think it must be fairly easy because so many people seem to do just that. We live in an age when love is more apt to become obsessive and turned then after a time to deep seated hatred yielding at last to a bleak indifference toward the former object of our love. Sadly, this is true of human relationships, spiritual relationships, and even that which the Greeks called storge, that is the love we may have for our best social institutions of government, community, and neighborhood. Let me ask a question. How does a lion hunt? How do wolves hunt? They concentrate on the weak the young and elderly, and in the midst of the chase they isolate and tear them down. So too if Satan goes about “like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5”8) he will attempt to control and pull you down to his level.
From the text, both here and in Psalm 95 it would seem that the hardening of our hearts is not something which happens from an external cause, it is something that occurs because we allow it to. This is the part where perseverance in the faith must do its work.
How’s your heart today?