Nearly two thousand years ago, the writer of the book of Hebrews implored his readers to listen to God’s voice today, “lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God.” (Heb. 3:12) This message is nearly 2,000 years old. The writer was quoting Psalm. 95:7,8, a text nearly a thousand years old in his day, saying “Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS“ (Heb. 3:,7)
For over 3,000 years, God has been pleading with people to listen to Him and not reject His call. These texts emphasize “Today.” Hear, listen, give heed: “Today.” Gods’ voice still speaks the same thing: “Hear Him today.” Tomorrow we don’t know what our situation will be, if we will be in the mood or mind to listen, or if we’ll even have the ability.
Does hearing God’s word convict you, causing guilt and shame? That’s His call to repentance. Does His word stir up anger? That’s truth striking a soft spot in your heart that you’re fighting against. These are all good and gracious acts of God to move you away from sin by causing repentance. Hear His voice. Don’t harden your heart anymore.
Make today the day you turn your heart back to Him. While it’s today, it’s never too late. Paul told the Corinthians, “We urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain…behold, now is ‘THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,’ behold, now is ‘THE DAY OF SALVATION’” (2 Cor. 6:1,2).
As the Hebrew writer exhorted: “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking” (Heb. 12:25).