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June 7 See to it no one has an unbelieving heart

Heb 3:12 “See to it ~~, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God.”

God could have provided all the evidence to make obvious the truth of the His word, but He chose to reveal just enough to require the element of faith on our part.

Even in a court of law, absolute proof is not required to secure a conviction. It is only necessary to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Biblical faith is not blind: we are not asked to believe something unreasonable that does not make sense or has no logic to support it. Circumstantial evidence could be compiled to build a plausible case for an evolutionary world, but with a lot of speculation. The same evidence could be used to make the case for creationism.

The bottom line is, which view does a person want to believe? If a person is honest about the evidence for creation and evolution and wants to find reasons to believe in God, he will find sufficient evidence to justify his faith.

If he wants to finds reasons not to believe, he will find them as well. The basic issue is not the evidence; it is a heart issue. This is why the greatest sin is unbelief: some people do not want to believe regardless of the proof provided.

The writer of Hebrews warned these Jewish communities, “Be continually seeing to it  . . . that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God.”

The challenge is given in the plural because they were responsible for each other. The next verse gives the command to “exhort one another daily . . . lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (3:13).

We are to help each other find enough evidence to reasonably justify trust in God’s word and then believe it with all our heart. We must ignore the criticism of those who have chosen to reject His word and cling together in the bond of faith in all that He has revealed to us.

Only the willingness to believe immense lies, self–pride, or the temporal desire for approval of men could motivate someone to turn his back on the “living God.” To turn away from Jesus is to turn away from the only One who has life.

The record of Israel’s terrible history was given to teach us the terrible price of refusing to trust in and obey God’s word. Is your heart committed to trust Him always? Do you know someone who needs encouragement in the faith?

“Lord, sometimes You seem so far away and solutions take so long in coming that I am tempted to doubt if You even care. Thank You for Your word and for faithful friends who continually encourage me to trust You in everything.”

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