Please notice three things here about people who continued on their journey while they ignored the voice of God speaking to them. First, God became angry with them for rejecting His command to follow Him. Second, those people went astray in their hearts. Third, they did not know the ways of God. In this verse God carefully explained what happens inside of people who continue the journey after hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to them. Do you really want to continue with the anger of God resting upon you, ready to revealed to you the moment you die? Do you know that you go astray from God when you refuse to listen to His voice? Many of my friends seek to control their own lives by refusing to listen to the commands of God directing their lives into goodness, peace and happiness with Him. Finally, why do you prefer your own ways over the ways of God? We learn the ways of God by listening to the voice of God. God promises rest to everyone who listens to His voice and obeys Him.
God revealed that the people who continue on their journey without Him will never enter His rest. Instead, they will live and die under the extreme anger of God for their hardened heart. God seeks to save men from His wrath. He invites all men to enter His rest. Will you listen to His voice today?
The Holy Spirit then applied this quotation from the Old Testament to the people of his day. First, The Holy Spirit urged them to “Take care.” The Holy Spirit reminds each one of us today to “Take care.” Take care means that we stop, pray and ask God to show us in our own hearts where we stand with Him. The Holy Spirit wrote this verse to people who gathered with believers and lived with believers, but were never believers themselves. So, the Holy Spirit looked at them and urged them pray to God about their hearts. As we pray, we must examine ourselves and see if we have an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. How do I know about my heart? Well, two things. First, God will show you your heart from this passage. Second, you will know by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to you in your heart, as He applies this passage to you. One thing you can know for sure: as long as you remain on your journey to find spiritual life, you are testing God and hardening your heart against God as He speaks to you today through this passage. God does want to be angry with you. He loves you and wants you to trust Him to control your life, bring rest into your life, and live with Him every day, learning His ways and loving Him.
God commanded every believer to encourage every other person to be sure that no one has a heart hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. When you are on the spiritual journey, you are actually deceived by your sin. Jesus told a group of people that He knew they were spiritually blind because they said they see. When you see Jesus work miracles around you, and still deny that He is Lord of your life, then you have been deceived by sin. The journey without Jesus is the journey to hell and living under the intense anger of God. Your spiritual friends must remind you to turn away from the deceitfulness of sin and give your life to Jesus Christ. As long it is still called “Today,” you still have time to believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him alone for salvation. He gave His life on the cross to pay the death penalty for all your sins. If you ask in faith for forgiveness, and believe in your heart that He died for you and rose again from the dead, then God will save you because He promised to save you. God loves you today and urges you to end the journey of seeking spiritual life today. Trust Jesus to help you and save you today.