“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”
This scripture calls God a LIVING God. It tells us to hold to our ORIGINAL CONVICTION. Another translation says hold firmly to the confidence you had at FIRST.
For most of us, when we FIRST encountered God, it was an experience through which we realized that God was a LIVING God. We realized he wasn't just this big sorcerer up in the sky ordering all things but that he was ALIVE and REAL and more importantly that he desired us.
I related my ORIGINAL CONVICTION or more FIRST LIVING moment with God to that with my husband. I met my husband and he was just another guy. He didn't really draw my attention; primarily because he was a bit older than me. But he PURSUED me; he encouraged me, laughed with me, talked to me, listened to me, and eventually loved me.
God did the same thing when I first realized he was a LIVING God. He made himself real to me because he showed me His heart; he PURSUED me to know me, encourage me, laugh with me, and listen to me. The only difference was that God's pursuit of me started with LOVE and ended with it.
I remember that moment when I was 11 years old and I found out how ALIVE God was and how much He really loved me. I will never forget that moment. And I will cling to that moment for the rest of my life as I walk by faith and live the life God has called me to; set apart, following after HIS HEART.
Encourage one another daily. I'll encourage you as you encourage me.
"God is not a man, so he does not lie.
He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
Listen, I received a command to bless;
God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!"
Numbers 23; 19-20