Listening to God’s voice depends on your heart attitude
“Therefore just as the Holy Spirit says, today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, where you fathers tried Me by testing Me, and saw My works for forty years. Therefore I was angry with this generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they did not know My ways;’ as I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.”(ref, Hebrews 3*7-11)
(Exodus 17*1-7)“Then all of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin, according to the command of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarrelled with Moses and said, ‘Give us water that we may drink.’ And Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’.
“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you and evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”(ref,Hebrews 3*12).
Encouraging here is an example of a believing, soft heart. The exact opposite of how the Israelites were behaving by quarrelling. If the people had come to God/Moses in faith saying “God has done great things in the past – He delivered us from the Egyptians when we crossed over the Red Sea, He turned the bitter waters sweet at Marah, He is providing the manna everyday to feed us so He can easily give us water in this dry place.” I believe that this would have been an example of how to “Encourage one another day after day” and how to “Draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4*16)
Think of a way that you can either encourage another or change the way that you are reacting in a situation, so that a positive faith reaction can make way for God to move in our lives.