October 24th, 2020 – Saturday Evening
“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said,
‘Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.’” ~Hebrews 3:12-15
Do you have a hard heart or a tender one? Are you being wooed away by the deceitfulness of sin? Are you cultivating a clearer picture of God or allowing the distractions, distresses, pains, and losses of earthly life to cloud Him out?
This passage is a tough one to swallow, but it is a very necessary one because of how lazy and complacent our flesh is. Our natural tendency is to be desensitized (think: hardened) by sin and therefore desensitized (again…hardened) to God; we can make excuses for our sin and insulate ourselves from the Holy Spirit’s prick and other believers’ exhortation when we are confronted. We can be so easily led astray into wrong thinking about ourselves and sin, especially when we are not actively seeking with the Lord and each other. This dangerous and slippery path leads to death.
Following Jesus IS for the faint of heart, but only if we, as the faint of heart, learn to walk in stride with Him, by His power. It only happens when we humbly allow Him to tenderize us (and that’s not necessarily a fun process – think of a piece of meat!) and when we lay hold of the grace that is readily available to us through Him. Be careful, be certain, be tender. Hold fast to the Rock and stay broken to Him and to His people.