Egypt had kept Israel in slavery. Moses came and led them out. The Egyptian army was destroyed, and they were given a promise of a land where they could rest.
God says, “I’ve got this land of milk and honey. I’ve got this land of wealth, this land of rest, this land of safety. And I’m going to give it to you.” And so they go right up to the river’s edge, they sent in twelve spies. The twelve spies come back and two said, “It’s beautiful and it’s ours.” And ten of them said, “I don’t think so. And so God said because of their unbelief “Ok, No rest then. Wander.”
These verses come to us as a warning: “Today if you hear His voice.” That means to- day if God says, “Let’s walk away from this, lets get help for this. Let’s walk towards this. Today, if you hear His voice. Today if you hear Him try to lead you, today if you hear that voice, don’t ignore it. Today don’t be like that generation, Don’t harden your heart, don’t disbelieve that He can give grace to overcome the obstacles, run to Him, get across the river, fight some giants and enter His rest.
Has God asked you to walk away, or to walk towards something, and you’ve said, “No.” It doesn’t matter how small or how big the thing is Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.
God’s trying to take you deeper into rest and joy by what He asking you to do. Our souls are at rest to the extent we trust and obey God.