Have You Really Heard It?

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If you don’t respond to what you hear, then have you really heard it?

Hebrews 4:1-7

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

It does us no good to hear the truth and do nothing with it. It’s like those people who hear the siren wailing as the ambulance tries to pass them on the street and they don’t pull over. If you don’t react to what you hear, you haven’t really heard it. I guess it’s kind of a spin off the old riddle about the tree falling in the woods: Do you hear the sound? Do you react to the warning? Do you follow the truth?

Don’t let the value of the message you have heard fall to the ground accomplishing nothing. There is great power in the Word of God; hear it, internalize it, and take action based upon what you have heard.

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