“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:15).
“Seize the day.”
“There’s no time like the present.”
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
You’ve heard it before, from ancient philosophers to modern day motivational speakers, the call to make the most of the present is all around us. So also is the urge within us to procrastinate. The weakness of our will, the laziness of our flesh, the fickleness of our hearts all say, tomorrow.
Do you realize that every time we say, “tomorrow” when we hear God whisper to our hearts, we are actually hardening our hearts against Him?
• Every time we fail to respond to God’s urging it gets harder to hear Him.
• Every time we put off doing what He asks, our hearts get more resistant to doing His will.
• Every time we choose to listen to the lie that there will always be time to follow God tomorrow, the fact that we’ll ever seek God becomes a little less likely.
When the writer of Hebrews uses the word “Today” repeatedly (3:7; 3:13; 3:15; 4:7) – capitalizing it where ever it appears – he is pointing out the urgency of responding to God when He speaks.
“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:12, 13).
Paul too, writes, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Let us heed God’s voice. Today.
Heavenly Father, thank you that You have called me to be Your child. Help me to listen for Your voice, to believe what You say and to follow Your commands, today and every day. Amen.
Questions: Why is it so important to follow God today? If resisting God hardens our hearts, how does responding to God affect our hearts? How have you experienced this?