Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today 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
Warnings are given in the Old and New Testaments to “harden not your heart.” The phrase is used four times in Scriptures. We can gather from reading that there was a specific day when the people argued with God. This debate came after Israel had been delivered from Egypt. In spite of their deliverance and other miracles, they chose to debate God’s current plan for them to enter the land. It is not a good thing to provoke the Lord.
In Psalm 95 Israel is told to not harden their heart, “as in the day of provocation.” This warning is repeated in Hebrews chapters 3 and 4. There is a consequence for those who provoke or argue with God. In the Old and New Testament writings, the result of doing so is a lack of rest. This does not mean they won’t be able to sleep, although their thoughts might trouble them. The Jews who provoked God did not enter into Canaan. The New Testament Saint will not miss heaven, but he will miss the full satisfaction of the Christian life.
It is just not wise to use your brain and self will to attempt to improve God’s plan for your life. His plan may not make sense, but it pays great spiritual dividends. It will allow you to enter into the land that God has for you and give you complete joy as you enter. What aspect of your life is causing you to want to “argue” and thus provoke God? Do you really want God to record a specific day in your life when the creation provoked the Creator? Maybe you could help a friend today who is about to provoke God. In Isaiah 18:36b, the non-provocative Prophet said, “I have done all these things at thy Word.” Obedience is always better than provocation. Give some serious thought to the following verses and have a blessed day.
Hebrews 3:7-19, “ Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”