"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…" – Hebrews 3:8
“Hardhearted” or “stiff-necked” are terms to describe people who live in willful rebellion against God. A sinful lifestyle or a failure to surrender to God can lead to one being hardhearted or stiff-necked. What about those who pray to God for healing for themselves, a sick loved one, or a dying child? They pray and pray, but all they hear is silence. Do you think that could cause a hardened heart or one to be stiff-necked?
Whatever the reason is that causes a hardened heart - whether it is rebellion, pride, independence, anger, resentment, bitterness or lack of trust - all of these things can cause great harm in your spiritual life and the only cure is God. He alone has the cure to soften a hardened heart. God says, “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19-20).
Where in your life do you sense your heart being hardened to God? Are you being still before God and trusting Him in this area of your life?