And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest.
God spoke directly to them. What were they thinking? Maybe something like this…
Lord don’t talk to me. It’s too intense, too painful. Your righteous standard is too high, impossible to achieve. Talk through someone else, like an imperfect preacher I can find fault with. Or an inspiring devotional writer. But don’t speak directly to me.
Somehow, when God is speaking, we wishfully think he’s talking to or about someone else.
But he’s not.
They died in the wilderness. Perhaps when God spoke, they thought he was talking to someone else.
There’s a huge difference between studying about God and listening to God.
Lord, speak directly to me. I’m listening.
Painful correction now is better than lost eternity later.