Today’s Scripture: Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in┬áthe day of temptation in the wilderness: Psalm 95:8

The word provocation in Psalm 95 is referring to when the children of Israel refused to enter into the promised land after the spies had returned from Canaan. God’s will for them was to come into the land and receive the blessings of the land. It was a land flowing with milk and honey. God didn’t want them to all die in the wilderness, and God didn’t want them to go back to Egypt.

They tried to go back to Egypt, and they ended up dying in the wilderness. Why? They didn’t decide that day to follow God. They later regretted it, but it was too late. They tried to enter in the land after God said they no longer were going to go in. They went to battle and lost the battle. They learned the hard way; tomorrow is too late.

The promised land is not promised to us, the church, but to Israel. We, however, can use it to represent God’s blessing in the spiritual life. If we do God’s will, the land of God’s blessing in our life will be full of battles, it won’t be easy, but it will be full of God’s goodness. In your spiritual Canaan you will see God’s hand working in every area of life. I can promise you there is no better place to be than in the center of God’s will.

Unbelief in God’s warnings causes disobedience; disobedience causes hardness of heart and blindness of mind. That draws judgement from God. Psalm 95:8 is a warning to backsliders. Today is the day to do God’s will. Let’s learn from yesterday and not wait until tomorrow.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.