‘Today, if you hear his voice’
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart, as in Meriba, and as in the day of Massa in the desert, when your fathers tried me, they tried me and saw my work saddened by this generation and said: “It is a people who go astray in their hearts and who have not known my ways”, to whom I swore in my anger that they would not enter into my rest.” Psalm 95:7b-11 (Read Psalm 95)
Will you enter God’s eternal rest, or will you harden your heart against it? The Word of God comes to you. You have it in your Bible, and it is still preached by faithful ministers; but will you hear it and believe it?
The children of Israel heard the words of God through Moses and even directly from God himself on Mount Sinai. They saw the mighty works of God in Egypt, at the Red Sea and in the desert. But did they believe? Did they trust in the Eternal God to lead and guide them, to provide for them on their journeys, and to bring them safely into the promised land? The answer is no!
Again and again they grumbled and complained. Many times they disobeyed the commandments of the Lord. And when it was time to go up and take possession of the land that the Lord was giving them, they doubted the Word of God concerning them and wanted to return to Egypt (cf. Num. 13-14). Therefore, because of their unbelief, they did not enter into the promised rest (cf. Ex. 17:1-7; 32:1-6; Num. 11:4ff.; 25:1ff.; 1 Cor. 10:1-12; Heb. 3:7ff.).
Now the Word of the Lord comes to you. He calls you to repent of your sinful ways and rebellion against the LORD God and to receive forgiveness and life through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God’s own beloved Son.
Will you hear the Word of God? Do you recognize your sinful nature and your rebellion before the Lord? (Cf. Psalm 32:1ff.) Will you come to God and trust Him to receive you and forgive you all your sins because Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God in human flesh, fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law of God for you, then bore your punishment on the cross and rose again?
If you refuse to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus for mercy, you are going astray in your heart. You do not know the way of the Lord, and you will not enter his eternal rest! But if you humble yourself before the LORD, listen to his Word and believe, you will receive his mercy and be blessed with the eternal joys of heaven because of Jesus!
Lord God, have mercy on us and grant us not to harden our hearts against you and the truth of your word. By your Holy Spirit, grant us true repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior. In his name we pray. Amen.
[Scripture is quoted from the Revised Common Version of the Bible. Devotion is by Randy Moll. He may be contacted by email at [email protected] Moll’s other devotional writings are freely available at https://goodshepherdonline.org. The opinions expressed are those of the author.]