Do Not Harden Your Heart and Reject The Word of God (Evening)
Malachi 2:2 If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name,” Says the Lord of hosts, “I will send a curse upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart.
In the Book of 1 Samuel, it is told about the two sons of Eli, the High Priest, Hophni, and Phinehas. Although he was known as a high priest, Hophni and Phinehas were corrupt and they did not know God. Their father never stopped telling them, but they never listened to him. Yet, he never rebuked them to repent. God was angry and punished them, with all-male descendants dying before reaching old age
The Jews of Malachi’s day were people who were doubting that God loved them. They doubted His justice and refused to obey His commands. Even the priests, who were supposed to be examples of obedience and holiness, were defiling the ministry God gave them. They did not pay attention or honor His name. Therefore, God turned their blessings into a curse.
From the story above, we can see that God can be very angry if His words are not heard and ignored. The punishment that Priest Eli’s family and the Jews living in Malachi’s day received was a result of their actions that offended God. We don’t want to experience it as they did. Therefore, let’s examine our hearts tonight. Let’s commit to always delight the Holy Spirit. Let us open our hearts wide to be willing to listen, to pay attention, and to grasp every word of God that He delivers with joy and full of gratitude. Believe every word of God then share it with others and obey it.
Hardening heart and rejecting the Word of God will OFFEND the Holy Spirit.
1. How do you respond to the Word that you listen to?
2. Have you ever rejected God’s Word?
3. What is the correct response to God’s words that will delight the Holy Spirit?
“Lord, forgive us if our hearts are hard and we reject Your word. We promise to listen and heed Your words wholeheartedly. Your Word is alive and powerful. Thank you, Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”