Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: Hebrews 3:7-8
Why do some people respond to the gospel, while others reject it? It all begins with the heart,when the Bible talks about a “heart”, its not talking about a physical organ in our body that pumps blood. Its talking about the spiritual center core of our being. Typically people dont reject God due to lack of evidence, they reject God because they have hardened their hearts to their Creator
As Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice and I know them” (John 10:27) How many people hear the Savior’s voice but harden their hearts to answer the call? Their conscience inside them keeps telling them to turn around (Repent) but they wont listen to the moral compass God has written on our hearts (Romans 2)
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. Hebrews 3:9-10
The author of Hebrews compares us to the Israelites. God displayed His awesome power to the Israelites for 40 years , including freeing them from slavery, parting the Red Sea, providing Bread from Heaven, however some Israelites still hardened their hearts and turned away from God
This is like many today, we seen the awesome works by Christ, including the Resurrection, but many have hardened their hearts. They reject the calling from The Good Shepherd, and go their own way, which leads to permanent death. Its not an evidential issue they reject Christ, its a heart issue
So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3:11-12
There is no peace for the wicked (Isaiah 48:22) While God has given us free will to choose whether to answer the Savior’s calling or reject him, there are serious consequences for hardening your heart. You will never find Peace and Rest outside of Christ! Why? Because you are at war with God, you are a sheep that has gone astray!
The warning of hardening your hearts against the Living God cant be taken lightly. Eternity is a long time to be wrong! Jesus said “Come to me all you are weary and burden laden and I will give you Rest” (Matthew 11:28) You will only find rest in Jesus, outside of him is turmoil and death, Amen!