Harden your heart – what happens if you do

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By Dave Henning / October 25, 2020

“If you do harden your heart, tomorrow God may still call, but you may not hear.  God thunders, God speaks, God whispers — and though God’s volume never changes, we believe it does.  God’s voice isn’t faint; our hearts simply grow hard.”- Heath Adamson

As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”- Hebrews 3:15 (ESV)

Heath Adamson continues Chapter 5 of The Sacred Chase as he notes that when King David laid eyes on Bathsheba, he listened to the wrong voice.  And, when we listen to the wrong voice, the author notes, that voice speaks in a way that:

  • makes us justify compromise and call it grace
  • excuse our spiritual decline and call it balance

Consequently, Heath asserts, David’s sin with Bathsheba didn’t result from a lack of self-control.  Rather, self-blindness caused David’s sin.  In fact, Soren Kierkegaard once said that the self represents the greatest of all deceivers.  Mr. Adamson continues:

“The thoughts and dispositions within us create and work whether we realize it or not.  Self-awareness, when ignored over time, sabotages our opportunity to experience real and positive change within our soul.  It is almost as if we place our identity in solitary confinement and perform for the world around us.”

Hence, the author contends, awareness = a rarity in today’s world.  However, Heath adds, the time may come when God knocks.  But, God won’t forget about it simply because you fail to hear His knock.  God continues to call out to us, but our hardened hearts no longer hear His call.  Furthermore, Heath notes, an old Jewish saying goes like this: “The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay.”

In conclusion, the story of how things unfold in life eventually reveals the truth.  So, when God calls, open yourself to His voice.

Today’s question: What Bible verses restore you when you harden your heart?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Emotional and mental baggage travelers bring”

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