Harden Not Your Hearts

hard-heart1Hebrews 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

The Scripture is full of counsel about the heart. My heart is the seat of my emotions. It is the driving force behind decisions that I make. Scripture says that the very “issues” of life come from from our heart.

In these chapters we read the warning, “harden not your hearts“. Naturally, as with soil, my heart becomes hard. But I must take heed to “break up the fallow ground”, to sow not among the thorns, and to not allow my heart to become hard.

A hard heart is an early step to a messed up life. We see a hard heart leads to falling into “mischief” (Prov 28:14). A hard heart leads to destruction (Prov 29:1). A hard heart destroyed Egypt and Pharaoh. A hard heart inflicted much pain on the children of Israel. It cut Nebuchadnezzar to the ground. And it will do the same to us.  For with a hard heart, the Holy Spirit’s voice isn’t as clear as it ought to be. With a hard heart, I’m not as sensitive to the warnings of my conscience. With a hard heart, I’m not led by the Lord as He desires to lead me.

This morning, might we do a “heart check”, and see how soft and sensitive our heart is to the Lord and the things of the Lord. We may realize that we need to “break up” the fallow ground of the things of this world, the cares of this life, or the busyness that has choked the things that really matter and hardened my heart. A great way to start is to ask the Lord to “search me”, and to go to the Word of God, which is able to pierce, and which knows even the thoughts and intents of the heart, that we may be given a “heart of flesh” that He desires us to have.

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