At the Heart of All That Matters

from Lynda Lindsey

Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. Psalm 95:7(b)-9

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. Hebrews 3:1-3

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. … For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:12; 14-15

Something practiced repeatedly becomes a habitual response; whether or not this oft repeated behavior is for our good depends on what is continually reinforced. If we practice godly spiritual disciplines over and over again, we reap spiritual growth. But if we, like the Israelites, grumble and complain incessantly we stand guilty of practicing rebellion against God and risk developing hard, unbelieving hearts. Hearts that are dull and unresponsive to God. Hearts that go astray because they have been strengthened in doubt and disbelief, not in faith. Hearts that have given up and not persevered. 

When we speak of getting to the heart of a matter, we speak of the need to determine the basic critical point of an issue. Following Jesus faithfully and obediently is at the heart of all that matters. Our thoughts, decisions, feelings and choices spring from our inner core, our heart. The heart is also the place where we either affirm or reject the truth of God and His saving grace. Our hearts can be vaults where truth is guarded and faith grows, or our hearts can be leaky sieves. Have you heard Jesus’ voice? Giving your heart to Jesus is at the heart of all that matters.

Over and over the Israelites rebelled against God. Even though they had experienced God’s many deliverances, their evil, unbelieving hearts led them to fall away from the living God. Through unbelief they refused to trust and obey. The choice is before us. Begin today. Each day is a new day to rehearse faithfulness and obedience to the living Lord. Consider Jesus, the heart of all that matters. Consider Jesus’ faithfulness. Be faithful. Don’t rebel. Hold fast your original confidence firm to the end. Guard your heart. Let it beat strong in faith.