7 That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,
8 don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness.”
Scripture teaches us that the way God gives direction for our lives is through the inward witness, His Spirit bearing witness with our spirit. One of the things that will hinder our ability to know this inward witness is when our hearts become hardened. Here in Hebrews we are told when we do not respond to what God is showing us, we harden our hearts toward Him. This will hinder our ability to be led by God in making right choices.
Delayed obedience is still disobedience, and when we choose not to do what we know God has revealed to us that we should be doing, we are turning away from following the path He has for our life. For example when you read the Word of God and see clearly what scripture teaches of how a believer in Christ should live but choose not to do so, your heart is becoming hardened.
The more hardened our hearts become, we not only become more dull to God’s leading for our life, but this now makes us more susceptible to the deception of our enemy who wants to lead us down a path of destruction. He desires to kill, steal, and destroy. He often does so by leading us astray without us even knowing it because we have become insensitive to God’s leading. When God leads us He leads us into an abundant life. So don’t delay in obeying God, and you can follow His leading for your life into all He has planned for you.