Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hebrews 3:7-8 -- On Being Open to God's Voice

"Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:"
Hebrews 3:7-8

Another good reminder to not harden our hearts.  It's hard not to.  I think that we are want to protect ourselves from being hurt.  We want to be safe in the middle of a harsh world, and we often think that we need to do that by hardening ourselves--building walls so that no one can get in, and so that we don't have to face the outside world.  I'm not saying escapism doesn't have its place, but God is explaining to us here, and elsewhere in the scriptures, that if we harden ourselves to others, we're moving in the wrong direction.  Sometimes, even though it is hard, vulnerability is a part of our ability to love, and we have to open ourselves up, and be willing to face some pain, in order to also be able to feel love and joy.

Today, let's open ourselves to God's voice instead of shutting down and hardening our defenses.  Let's take the risk and reach out to each other, and to God, and trust him to take care of the things that we can't control.

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