Why do we believe that it is God that has us running so much that our tongues are hanging out of our mouths.
I recommend a brief opening prayer to you…
Father, you know the feelings of abandonment and not measuring up that seem to always find a way to drive me to do things ultimately for the approval of either you or others. Help me Father to understand that you only have thoughts of good toward me because I’m hid in Christ.
I invite you to read carefully the following verse.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Hebrews 3:12 (KJV)
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God
Hebrews 3:12 (NIV)
So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God
Hebrews 3:12 (MSG)
After reading the same verse in various versions of the scripture, it is clear to you exactly what evil unbelief, evil heart of unbelief or sinful unbelief? After hearing and seeing this verse many times, it wasn’t clear to me either until the Holy Spirit opened the eye of my understanding.
The truth is that the unbelief spoken of in this verse refers to one thing and one thing only…SELF EFFORT! In other words, human beings attempting to do for themselves that which ONLY GOD can do.
Here’s something I find astonishing!
In Hebrews 3:12 God says, watch yourself unless you end up with an evil heart of unbelief which will then lead to you departing from the living God in your heart. There’s a mystery in this passage that’s not quite clear because it’s hidden in the Greek meaning behind the word “evil”. So let’s take a quick look at this word to see if we can fully understand exactly what a loving God is attempting to warn us about.
The Transliteration of the word EVIL in the Greek is – “poneros” – which means something that’s hurtful or harmful
The root Transliteration for poneros is – “ponos” – which means to toil or labor in anguish i.e. working until your body hurts and you’re mentally and physically exhausted.
The root Transliteration for ponos is – “peno” – which means to toil or labor for daily subsistence without receiving the benefit, to toil or labor while at the same time starving and poor.
Hmmmmm, if we simply take one word from the verse above to understand the authors intent in using it, and then we contextualize it by understanding that the verse is nested in the book of faith, we arrive at a startling discovery!
Hebrews 3:12 (my para-phrase) – Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you, “working, toiling or laboring for daily provision that ultimately will leave you starving, poor, hurt, in pain and anguish ultimately leaving you with a” heart of unbelief, driving you away from the living God.
So is God saying don’t work…NOPE. He’s saying, we have a Father in heaven that simply wants to take care of our every need. However, when we don’t believe that, we attempt to provide for our own needs, and He’s trying to warn us where that leads.
There’s a huge difference between working where and how the Holy Spirit has guided you to expend your God given energy, and working in an attempt to provide for yourself without the guidance and assistance of the Holy Spirit. Due to the breakdown in many homes, many of God’s children learned this independent, go-it-alone behavior from their parents. While God is the one that provides the strength in all of our bodies, providing for ourselves without His involvement is never His best.
Trust your Father in heaven today!
I recommend a short prayer to you…
Father Ephesians 2:10 says there are works you ordained for me to complete before the foundation of the world. Your Word says you will not put more on me than I can bear; I am exhausted Father. Help me to know the difference between what you have ordained for me to do and what I should allow others to be responsible for. Then give me the strength, wisdom, knowledge and understanding I need to do your will without becoming overwhelmed. In Jesus name I pray.