Hardened Hearts


Just as this stream froze as the temperatures dropped, our hearts can be slowly hardened as we refuse to listen and follow the way of the Lord.

Exodus 8:19

 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

Pharaoh refused to listen the his magicians who were pointing out to Him the activity of God in his midst. Pharaoh missed it because his heart was hardened. How often do we miss the activity of God because our hearts are hardened?

God is always actively involved in the lives of His people but when we chose to go our own way and do what we want to do rather than what He would have us do, our hearts, like the stream, begin to harden. If we turn away from the Lord and the wisdom of others who try to help us recognize what He is doing in our lives, our hearts will continue to harden until they are frozen solid.

Streams are meant to flow but if the temperature drops too low over an extended period of time the stream will freeze solid and the water will no longer be flowing.

John 7:38

38 “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

In order to prevent our hearts from hardening we need to keep the living water flowing by spending time with Christ each day. We need to have other believers in our life who can help point out God’s activity in our midst when we can’t see it for ourselves. Take some today to spend the Lord and ask Him to reveal any areas of your heart that are hardening. Ask the Lord to show you how He is working in your midst and to put people in your path that will point you to Him.

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5 thoughts on “Hardened Hearts

  1. Reblogged this on Where Did You Find God Today? and commented:
    Shelly found a message from God (for us all) in a frozen stream !

  2. Thanks for the reblog, Julie. I took a bunch of pictures while I was out of town in December and have found a treasure trove of messages along with some pretty cool pictures.

  3. Great post Shelly. You are so right. We have to spend precious time with our Savior for many reasons, this is one critical area. We can become hardened without even realizing it. Blessings!

    • Julie, thanks. It is frightening how easily our hearts can begin to harden. May we all spend time with Him so He can continually soften our hearts towards Him. Blessings!

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