The Urgent in Today

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness.’ Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’ He appoints a certain day, ‘Today,’ saying through David, in the words already quoted, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’ Let us therefore strive.., so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 3:7-8,12-15; 4:7,11,16

There is no day like today. Carpe Diem.

Today, listen and hear His voice. Take time now to tune in, to be still, to read God’s word and read it again and remember a piece of what He has said, and keep thinking about it.

Today, do not harden your hearts. Keep them malleable, open to chastening, not hardened by the pleasure of sin, not stubborn against correction, not refusing to take heed. Keep them soft to God’s changes of direction, purifying of affections, narrowing of desires, filling with new and divine love for others.

Today, don’t fall away or disobey. The enemy is a prowling lion, seeking to steal, kill and destroy. Beware his wiles! Look out for his traps! Resist temptation to say what you cannot retrieve, to diminish another, to inflate what is true, to sully a reputation by planting an impression, to roll your eyes, to be a glutton, to sigh, to steal even the teensiest bit of God’s glory. (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11; John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8)

Sunrise: Dawn's cotton clouds

Today, take care to believe. Recite, repeat, sing what is true. Remind yourself Who God is, and tell Him you believe He is the only true God, immortal, wise, good, merciful, faithful, holy, unchanging. Take Him at His word that is infallible and cannot fail, live as though these things are true. Trust His promises, pray scripture. (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 86:5; 89:8; 1 Timothy 1:17)

Today, exhort one another. Encourage each other with support, affirmation, care. Gather together, come alongside, send a message. Remind them of the hope of their inheritance, that one day they will see Jesus, and He will make all things right. (Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 5:11; Hebrews 10:25; 1 John 3:2)

Today, strive. Do all for the Lord, and do not give up or grow weary. (Colossians 3:23; Galatians 6:9)

Today, draw near with confidence to God’s throne of grace. Come as His beloved child, cry to Him, draw near in confession and dependence, and He will draw near to you. (Psalm 51:1-2; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6; James 4:8)

Today. Do not wait until tomorrow.

Father, thank You for the gift of today. May I rejoice and be glad in You, and this day You have made. (Psalm 118:24)

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