Saul knew immediately and absolutely just who was speaking to him. For his response to the voice was, “Who are You, Lord?” For in an instant, Saul realized the deity and supremacy of the voice of the Lord. We all someday will hear that same voice of the Lord. For some it will be the stern voice at Judgement Day…but for others it will be the kind words, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Can I as a Believer have a hard heart? The answer is yes! Now I’m not talking about full-out rebellion against God…I’m talking more about apathy. For the road to a hardened heart starts simply with indifference and disregard to the Holy Spirit. We hear but we choose to ignore. That’s because we arrogantly think we know better, so we slowly toughen our stance…digging in our heels…holding on to old habits we’re unlikely to ever change. A hardened heart does not happen over night…it is rather an insidious and gradual process of resistance towards God’s authority in our life.
If you’re praying but not expecting…why even bother? If you’re simply mouthing words because it’s the thing to do, but have no hope that God will answer…why waste your breath. If it’s only for show that you pray…why even go there if you don’t truly believe that your prayers are heard? If you’re praying, but not expecting God to move…why bother.
Inward unbelief in God is expressed outwardly in many ways. You may think that cursing and using the name of the Lord in vain makes you tough or cool…even texting OMG seems so innocent until you realize it too is using the name of God in vain. Unbelief can be expressed by what you watch, listen to, live stream, and share on social media. Your unbelief can also show up in what or who you scoff at, mock, or make fun of. Unbelief or even apathy towards God is dangerous and potentially deadly…listen to His voice and choose you this day who you will believe.