Reflections For Life
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART
RUN THE RACE | The Hebrews Series
Pastor Joe Son
April 26, 2020
What does it mean to hold fast to our confidence and our boasting in our hope? When difficulties and hardships come our way, (and they will come our way) how do we keep our faith in God’s words?
The author of Hebrews brings up the first-generation Israelites as a reminder to us of what we shouldn’t do. These first-generation Israelites had experienced God working in amazing ways to guide them, to protect them, and to provide for them as He brought them out of Egypt. Yet, every time they faced difficulties and problems, they worried, they panicked, and they grumbled before God. Scripture calls this a rebellion, a hardening of heart, and ultimately a result of their unbelief. Even after experiencing God faithfully fulfilling His promises to them; Passover, crossing the Red sea, water and Manna in the wilderness, they still didn’t put their trust and faith in Him.
The author of Hebrews warns his readers to remember the exodus generation, and despite their difficult situations to hold on to their faith in God’s words. This is still so relevant to us living in 2020. How can we stay faithful? How can we continue to hold fast to the hope that we have in Jesus Christ? What can we do to prevent our hearts from being hardened in unbelief?
Our passage today, gives us two imperatives; to take care and look out for our hearts and to exhort one another. Individually, we need to put up a watch tower in our hearts and to keep a look out, and we do that by constantly being in God’s word, and listening to the Holy Spirit who is indwelling in us.
As a community, we need to be looking out for each other to hold us accountable to God’s word. God isn’t telling us to hold on to our faith, by our own strength and will, He has provided all that we need to overcome difficulties and suffering, we need only to turn to Him, for Christ himself is the one who will make us run this race to completion.
Questions for Reflection:
When difficulties and hardships come up, what is your first response? How do you react to difficult situations?
What are some things you can do to make sure the Word of God is active within your soul?
How are your relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Is it open and deep enough for accountability to happen? What are some things you can do to build more genuine relationships with others?
We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.