Hardening Is a Process

Hebrews 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

I happened across this little story this evening and thought I’d share it with you:

“When I first enrolled in seminary, I found an apartment room next to a railroad crossing. I wondered why the apartment rent was so cheap-and found out the first night. A train came through in the middle of the night, blasting its horn. It didn’t?’t just wake me up, but also nearly gave me a heart attack! Every night when the train came through, it blew the horn. At first I thought about changing apartments, but then I started getting used to the nightly awakenings. I would wake up for a few seconds, then go right back to sleep. Eventually I got where the train horn didn’t even wake me up. I hardened my heart to the train and couldn’t hear it any more. The same hardening process occurs when God speaks to our hearts and we don’t respond. Eventually, we stop hearing His voice because our hearts have become hard. “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”.”

What a terrible thought it is to harden your heart against the Lord. But, just like in the story with the sound of the trains whistle, that is exactly what folks do when they hear and know the Gospel yet continually ignore God’s call. As has been well said, that is a dangerous game to play with eternal consequence.

Do you know someone like this? Make a special effort to spend extra time in prayer for them, the the Lord may soften the hard hearts before it’s everlasting too late.