Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness.”

Hebrews 3: 7, 8

 

Alright, I admit that these words concern the telling of an extreme situation. Not many people today will be sent on a forty years long circular journey to nowhere. Yet, there are times when life feels like that. We are seeking after God, and waiting to hear His will expressed to us. We say to all around us that we are waiting and praying; yet, there has been no response. However, in our heart, we know that God has spoken, but what He said was just not what we wanted to hear and would lead us to do things that we are not comfortable in doing.

 

Although this is a hard fact to accept, the truth is that God does not always call us to engage thoughts and actions that are easy and comfortable. He is a God of challenge and growth. Our Lord leads us to places where our fears and anxieties are met by His grace, love, and strength. As we follow Christ we will be taken to places where the only resource we have is faith, and the only viable response is trust in Him. In other words, we will be required to set aside all of ourselves and every ounce of our capacity and capability in order to be fully overtaken by Christ.

 

This degree of surrender is not easy for most people. It is frightening to consider. So, when Christ speaks the sorts of words that seem to require radical thinking and action on our part, we might rather filter out that voice while piously continuing to wait for the direction that we would prefer. However, God can be relentless, and He has patience and perseverance that can outlast even our most stubborn of times. When we seek God’s will, we need to be prepared for He will speak. When the Lord speaks, we can trust Him and follow wherever He sends us, for God’s will is perfect and His provision gives us all we will need for the journey.