BIBLE READING: HEBREWS 3
7 Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.110 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
The first instruction for us to take notice of in this passage, is for us to “HEAR” the voice of God. That would mean that God is going to speak, but it is our responsibility to make sure we hear it. It is not God’s responsibility to make sure we hear, it is our responsibility to make sure we do. That means we need to be careful to not be distracted by all the other things in our life that slowly slip to the top of our priority list. Our top priority must be to hear God. We seem to make time for everyone else, and everything else, but often God is trying to speak to us throughout the day, but we just don’t hear Him. This means to give God our “MIND”.
Then we are told that when we do hear God, we must make sure that our heart stays
“HUMBLE”. God says to not let our hearts become “hardened”. Now this passage teaches that it is our fault when our heart gets hard. That is why the Bible says to “humble yourself”. Now you and I will often blame circumstances or individuals or both when our heart gets cold. We will explain all the things we’ve been through and how deeply that affected us. God, however, says that it is our responsibility to “harden not your hearts”. That means it doesn’t matter what we go through, we should not allow that to harden our hearts. We must hear it, and receive it, and believe it. This means we must give God our “HEART”. If God has your heart, then He has everything else. That’s why God said that these individuals that grieved Him had a problem “in their heart”.
Last, we are told that it is our responsibility to make sure that we keep our mind and heart focused on “HIM”. God was grieved by the actions of his people in this passage because they simply did not know “Him”. They did not know his ways. Although they had seen God work, although God had proved Himself, and although God had met every need they had, but they still did not know “HIM”. They focused on the problems, they focused on the negative, they focused on what they did not have, and basically, they focused on themselves. This caused them not to believe the promises that God had made. That made God angry. That grieved God. When you and I let our mind become distracted, and we let our heart become hardened, before long we will start doubting God and His plan. This means we need to give God our “TRUST”. If God has our mind, and God has our heart, and God has our trust, then God has everything He needs to do the miraculous in our life.