The scripture for today is Hebrews 3:12
Hebrews 3:12 Beware brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.
The writer of Hebrews, using the example of the Israelites in the wilderness, exhorts us to not be like them. “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” Hebrews 3:7-11
The root cause of their rebellion was “an evil heart of unbelief.” Sin springs from the root of unbelief or faithlessness. It is a function of discarding what God has said and embracing instead a concept, ideology, or behavior that is completely opposite. Instead of having faith in what God has said and following it “they always go astray in their hearts.” Hebrews 3:10
God has a better way for His people. He has built us together into a spiritual body that we might support one another in our walk of faith. “But Christ as a Son over His own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” Hebrews 3:6 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.” Hebrews 3:13-14
How we finish this journey is much more important than issues we deal with along the way. There will always be trials, successes, failures, and various challenges along the way, but through it all, we must not relinquish our faith in God; we must “hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” We are not alone in this walk; we have all of the spiritual resources we need to stand, overcome, and emerge victorious. “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” Hebrews 3:1
Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith;” He will complete the work that He has begun in us. Let us not give a second of our time to “an evil heart of unbelief;” let us trust the Savior until the end.
God bless you as you continue in His service.