Daily Archives: February 18, 2016

Leviticus 4-7; Hebrews 3

Last weekend, I drove my daughter to a friend’s birthday party. It was at a gymnastics facility. I wasn’t familiar with the area, so I used my GPS. As we set out, the system directed me on a route that turned out to be a dead end because of a road closure. After a series of turns, the system recalculated my route, took me into a residential area, and directed me to take a left onto a road that didn’t even exist. In fact, this left turn would take me through a barricade and into a vacant, grassy lot.

We were lost. We were late. And I was frustrated. I didn’t even know my way home. (As I tried to navigate my way out of this neighborhood, to my amusement and surprise, the GPS announced we had reached our destination–and after a series of turns and about half a block later, we had.)

I thought long on the life parallel: the places we end up quite on accident by following faulty directions.

Hebrews 3 reminds–Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your heart.

The Israelites rebelled. They tested and tried God’s patience.

That is why the Holy Spirit says,

“Today when you hear his voice,
    don’t harden your hearts
as Israel did when they rebelled,
    when they tested me in the wilderness.
There your ancestors tested and tried my patience,
    even though they saw my miracles for forty years.
10 So I was angry with them, and I said,
‘Their hearts always turn away from me.
    They refuse to do what I tell them.’
11 So in my anger I took an oath:
    ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

12 Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says:

“Today when you hear his voice,
    don’t harden your hearts
    as Israel did when they rebelled.”

16 And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 18 And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? 19 So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest. Hebrews 3:7-19, NLT.

Lord, this heart of mine is caught in a vicious war. It is assaulted and battered, churning on thoughts that certainly keep me out of your peace. I don’t want to follow a faulty path. In my faith journey, I want to rest confidently in who you are and what you can do. When thoughts try to lead me to dead ends, I want to remember your miracles and might. Thank you for the warning so that I won’t be deceived by sin and hardened against you.

Courtney (66books365)

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