Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, (Psalm 95:7-8)
In this psalm, the author reflects back on the people of God when they wandered in the wilderness after God delivered them from slavery. God promised them a land that was abundant and good. But, most of God’s people did not believe God’s promises. Instead, they grumbled, complained and rebelled against God by worshipping other gods and defying God’s representative, Moses. Most of them missed out on entering the land promised to Abraham and the rest that came with it (v11).
The writer of Hebrews takes this warning of missing God’s rest and explains another rest for God’s people (Hebrews 4). That rest is found in Jesus and His finished work on the cross. We experience peace with God and rest in Jesus. We are free from attempting to earn our salvation through good deeds, which none of us can do. Instead through trusting in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection on our behalf, we rest in His work. Today, rest in your identity, security and adoption in Jesus.
If you have yet to fully trust in Jesus as your Savior King and you “hear his voice” calling you to respond, do not harden your heart, but respond by genuinely believing in the work of Jesus.