Hardened Hearts

Hebrews 3:8 Hardened Hearts

do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, Hebrews 3:8 NIV


They camped right by the Mexican border among sand dunes that spread for miles. Every morning and evening, they set out on their ATVs to explore the desert. Border Control officers often patrolled by their camps and even flew over in planes in their efforts to control the number of immigrants that crossed the border illegally into the US. One morning, when the sun was getting too hot to be out, a boy was following the rest of the bikes back to camp. They dropped down into a valley between the sets dunes. There, under a scraggly shrub, he saw a group of people huddled half in the shade. Beside them, a body lay face up in the sand. It was completely exposed to the burning sun. It was lifeless and still. The first reaction of the boy was to ride over and see if they needed help. But half out of fear of the authorities, he let his heart hardened. He drove on. Have we ever hardened our hearts to God?

It should not matter if our actions of compassion place us into an uncomfortable situation. We should always display the love of God in the way we treat those around us. But long before we consider engaging further in our world, we should know where we stand with the Lord. Could there be any slightest way that we are closing the door on Christ? Is there any tiny possibility that we could be snuffing out a fire that the Holy Spirit is trying to ignite within us? Shall we pray to God now and ask Him to help us not to harden our hearts, but to seek Him until His love is flowing in us?


Dear Lord,

Flood us and fill us with Your Spirit! Let nothing harden us to You or keep us from spreading Your love, we pray!


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