Hebrews 3: 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. 10 That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
We cannot live in the past, for who of us can change a single thing that has happened in our past? That’s what makes forgiveness so sweet. We can’t change what happened. But God can and has changed the eternal consequences of our sins. He has removed them forever. There is nothing that our God wants more than for us to live as his forgiven children.
We cannot change the past and we have no control over our futures. None of us can even say what will happen in the next few moments of our lives. But when God says “today” in these verses, he is calling for us to live in the moment, to listen to his voice and not to harden our hearts against his call to repentance. That’s what the children of Israel did in the wilderness. Fort forty years they hardened their hearts against the LORD.
Today, if you hear God’s voice, do not harden your hearts. Repentance is something that we do every day and every moment of every day. That was the point of Luther’s first of his Ninety-five
Theses. He said that every day in the life of a Christian is one of repentance. Every day we listen to God’s voice. We confess our sins and our sinfulness. We find forgiveness in Jesus and his gospel. We find strength from the Holy Spirit to hate our sins and to live a more godly life today.
When you get up in the morning and ask, “What am I going to do today?” then say, “I will listen to God’s voice and I will repent of my sins.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me always live in the moment, the moment of repentance and faith. When I rise, give me the awareness that today belongs to you. Teach me to live in your forgiveness. Show me a better way than the way of sin. I want you to be the difference in my life every moment of every day. Amen.