Hebrews 3:7 (ESV)

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

Hebrews 3:15 (ESV)

As it is said,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Hebrews 4:7 (ESV)

again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts.”

Four times in a short space the author, in encouraging the Hebrew believers not to surrender up the faith quotes Scripture that says “Today” do not harden your hearts. God only gives us one day at a time. If we do not want to fall into sin we need to keep ourselves faithful today.

The prayer of the believer when he gets up in the morning is that God keep him today, that he would not fall today, that he give himself wholly to God today, that he be a witness of the Gospel today. We have a great hope and we demonstrate our faithfulness to Christ by not giving up in the face of much that tempts us.

The hope of eternity is something that every believer should have his sights set on. The Christian hope of reward is a powerful incentive to holy living. But we must not be so set on the distant future that we forget the present. The future hope that the Lord tells us about is meant to fuel us for righteousness today.

Some do not see the temptations that are staring them in the face while they are working to do great things later on. The war will not be won later on if the battle is not won today. Long term planning is an essential part of living. We will never accomplish anything if we do not have an idea of where we are going and how we are to get there. Putting away money for retirement is something we all ought to try to do. But we cannot sock resources away for some future date in order to win the battle for our souls. We must fight today. We must use all the resources that God gives us so that we are equipped for the struggle that we will be involved in today. And make no mistake – we will be involved in spiritual warfare today.

Do not hide your armour in the closet for some other time. You must have it on right now. Devote yourself to the Word of God, to the church, to prayer and the table of Christ so that every day you will be properly equipped to fight and witness and know the joy of walking with your Saviour. The ammunition you use today must be replenished when you get up tomorrow. Do not neglect to do so. The battle is too serious and your soul is too valuable to enter into the day unarmed and unprepared. Today, hear His voice.