“That is why the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts…’” – Hebrews 3:7-8 (NLT)
There are many responses we can have when we hear the Lord speak to us. Sometimes, our hearts are ready to receive a message and we quickly and willingly say “Yes, Lord.” While this is where we wish we were with the Lord in all things, for most of us it is not. We all have areas of our lives where we have not yet let God have full control, and God knows those areas. So, it’s no accident that God is usually asking us to take next steps in those areas where we have yet to fully let go.
When God speaks to us and calls us to take a next step in a area of our life that He is not yet fully controlling, the natural thing to do is to harden your heart. When we harden our hearts we go into avoidance mode with God. We think about all the good things we are already doing and try to find peace. We think about all the reasons why what God is asking is impossible and create excuses for not taking a next step in an effort to try and find peace. But there is no peace for a heart that is opposing God.
So how can be hear God’s voice about a next step we don’t want to take and not harden our heart? Take a clue from Philippians 2:13: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
God’s call to a next step in a direction you don’t want to go is evidence that He is working in you. His promise is that He will give you both the desire and the power to take the step. If you are lacking desire, don’t harden your heart… run to God and ask Him to help you to desire what He is asking. God’s plan for giving you desire may take some time so be patient. Once God gives you the desire, then ask for the power to pull it off.
Are you hardened about something God is calling you to step out into? Repent of taking the hard hearted approach and run into the arms of your Heavenly Father, asking Him to give you the desire and power to do whatever it is He might call you to do.