Daily Devotional

  • Hardened Hearts — Tuesday November 20, 2018

    TUESDAY November 20, 2018

    Hardened Hearts

    “Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, that they might depart?”

    1 Samuel 6:6

    The Philistines needed to learn from past experiences. The Egyptians and Pharaoh went through ten plagues, all because of their hard hearts:

    And when Pharaoh saw that the rain, the hail, and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet more; and he hardened his heart, he and his servants. So the heart of Pharaoh was hard; neither would he let the children of Israel go, as the LORD had spoken by Moses (Exodus 9:34-35).

    Notice the problem. The priests and diviners warned the Philistines not to make the same error as the Egyptians. The Philistines had begun to harden their hearts before God, just like the Egyptians who would not let God’s people go. Surely they did not want to suffer like the Egyptians!

    The Holy Spirit is the person who warns us not to harden our hearts after hearing God’s voice: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:7-8). What does “in the rebellion” refer to? It refers to those who rebelled against God in the wilderness. Many of God’s people had evil hearts of unbelief; they went astray in their hearts––they did not follow in the ways of the Lord.

    Unbelief and the deceitfulness of sin can harden people’s hearts (Hebrews 3:13). You may know people in your family who have hardened their hearts towards the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Prayerfully ask the Lord to soften their hearts before He honors their chosen position of hardening their hearts before Him.

    Truth arouses emotion and incites to action. So does error. If we reject the truth and embrace error the consequence is heart-hardening.

  • Give God the Glory — Monday November 19, 2018
  • An Offering for Sin — Sunday November 18, 2018
  • Seeking Advice — Saturday November 17, 2018
  • Cries that Reach Heaven — Friday November 16, 2018
  • Great Destruction — Thursday November 15, 2018
  • Getting Rid of the Problem — Wednesday November 14, 2018
  • No God like Jehovah! — Tuesday November 13, 2018
  • Obey the Gospel Truth — Monday November 12, 2018
  • Veteran's Day — Sunday November 11, 2018
  • Ichabod — Saturday November 10, 2018
  • God is Omnipotent — Friday November 9, 2018
  • God's Glory Has Departed — Thursday November 8, 2018
  • Recognizing the Presence of God — Wednesday November 7, 2018
  • God's Word Comes to Pass — Tuesday November 6, 2018
  • Captured and Killed — Monday November 5, 2018
  • Are You a Respecter of Persons? — Sunday November 4, 2018
  • God's Chastisement — Saturday November 3, 2018
  • Devastating Defeat — Friday November 2, 2018
  • Spiritual Warfare — Thursday November 1, 2018
  • Camp Jubilee — Wednesday October 31, 2018
  • God is in the Camp — Tuesday October 30, 2018
  • The Shout of War — Monday October 29, 2018
  • The Ark of the Covenant — Sunday October 28, 2018
  • An Unexpected Defeat — Saturday October 27, 2018
  • Trust in God — Friday October 26, 2018