Hebrews 3:7-9 Do not harden your hearts

Hebrews 3:7-9 Click on this link to read the passage. You may select your preferred version of the Bible after the link opens.

My heart aches over the lack of belief in God that has become rampant in our nation today. Sadly, all it takes to keep some from believing is to hear another laugh at those who believe. It isn’t hard to find the statistics to show this waning belief, even from within our most evangelical Christian churches.

It’s a slippery slope. I’ve been on the edge in my weaker moments as well. How hoakey to think some “god” would come to earth to die for our sins as if that would really change things. Intellectuals have the greatest problems with disbelief because they resolve to fully understand and prove anything to believe it.

Intelligence, or the lack of it is only one of many traits of the human mind. Wisdom requires a depth of spirit, an ability to recognize one’s own shortcomings in understanding, and the willingness to admit that there is intelligence beyond what man is capable of understanding.  Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hardness of heart – lack of faith – however you say it, God does not see it as a frivolous matter.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV) This verse is precious to me, a very powerful promise by God Himself. He can be found, but there is a prerequisite: one must sincerely want to find him. As long as our hearts are hardened by a will to believe only what we can get our finite minds around, and a will to hold the reigns of our lives without assistance from the One who created us, we are immune from discovering the Almighty All-Powerful God.

To be honest, I pride myself in my intelligence. I’ve seen my scores as well as the results of certain accomplishments of mine. But intelligence pales in importance to depth in a relationship with Jesus. As I have participated in the Daily Audio Bible program through the year, I am continually impressed with the joy and freedom that comes through knowing God and dwelling in his Word. How my heart aches for those whose hearts refuse to “taste and see that the Lord is Good.” (Psalm 34:8)

Father God, Almighty, may I never forget it was you who made me. May I always seek you with all my heart so that I may abide in your presence and love. Walk with me through every scary moment I must face in my life. And help me walk in such a way that others may see you at work in my life and will soften their hearts to see you as well.

© 2010 by Janice D. Green

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About Janice D Green

Janice D. Green retired as an elementary librarian to write children's books. She is author and publisher of The Creation and The First Christmas, Bible storybooks for children. Her passion is to write about the Bible in a way that encourages people to want to read it for themselves. www.honeycombadventures.com www.janicedgreen.com.

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