hebrews 3 - unbelief

Hebrews 3:12 Search Your Heart #237

A few weeks ago I was sharing about the topic of unbelief on my blog and instagram quite a lot. As I continue to read through scripture I just can’t get over how often unbelief is addressed and how it is weaved all throughout the passages. Most recently as I was reading through Hebrews, verse 12 really stuck out at me, “So search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray, and make you unresponsive to the living God.”

To back up, the verses prior address the importance of not having a hard heart, which I wrote about here. It also addresses the fact that the people of Israel faced judgement due to their unbelief. Despite the miracles they saw, they still chose unbelief. It’s actually quite shocking to me. I mean Jesus parted the Red Sea, manna fell from the sky, and the list of miracles goes on and on, yet there was still unbelief. Unbelief was such a problem that it caused God’s heart to grieve (Hebrews 3:7-11) and it still grieves the heart of the Father today.

Then we come to verse 12, which tells us to search our hearts and make sure there is no evil or unbelief. Evil might sound like a strong word, but I think there is a point to be be made with this verse. When it comes down to it, unbelief and evil indicate rejection so in other words, those with unbelief or evil in their heart have turned away from or rejected the living God. Ouch. I also want to point out that unbelief is not because one does not understand, but it’s instead because they choose not to trust. Not only that, but they don’t have faith either because unbelief is the exact opposite of faith. If you have unbelief then you also have no faith and just as scripture says, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

So can I encourage you to do what this verse says and search your heart to see if there is any unbelief or evil in it? It honestly shouldn’t take much searching, because how you act, think or talk will quickly determine what’s in your heart. Just as it’s obvious when a child doesn’t trust their parent, the same should be true for you and your Father. Do you trust him? Do you need to turn away from sin and run back to him? He is a good Father and if your heart has been hardened, then there is no condemnation. Conviction, hopefully, but never condemnation. Remember, at the end of the day what Father wants is his sons and daughters back in his arms. So, what are you waiting for?

 

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