“If You Hear His Voice” (Psalm 95: 6 – 7, NEB) by Carley Evans


“You know His power today if you listen to His voice,” writes the psalmist. As the lamb follows the shepherd, so “we are His people, we the flock He shepherds.” We come into God’s presence with “a joyful song” and “a shout of triumph.” (Psalm 95: 1) We “kneel before the Lord who made us; for He is our God.” We thank Him for “our salvation.”

We are not to “grow stubborn” or “test” God; we are not to allow our hearts to go astray. Instead, let us discern God’s ways. (Psalm 95: 8, 9, 10)

The author of Hebrews echoes this, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not grow stubborn as in those days of rebellion, at that time of testing in the desert, where your forefathers tried Me and tested Me, and saw the things I did for forty years. And so, I was indignant with that generation and I said, ‘Their hearts are for ever astray; they would not discern My ways; as I vowed in My anger, they shall never enter My rest.” (Hebrews 3: 7 – 11)

“A Sabbath rest still awaits” us — “the people of God.” When we enter God’s rest, we “rest from [our] own work as God did from His.” Don’t “follow the evil example of unbelief;” instead “make every effort to enter [God’s Sabbath] rest.” (Hebrews 4: 9, 10, 11)

Make this effort while today is still today; and His voice is still heard.

“Heaven On Earth” (Luke 20: 38, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus tells us, “Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to Him.”

Paul writes, “Do you not know that all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus are baptized into His death? We are buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ is raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too may walk in the newness of life. For if we are united with Him in a death like His, we are certainly united with Him in a resurrection like His.” (Romans 6: 3 – 5)

So, we live to God.

Jesus says, “I Am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11: 25)

He also declares many times, “The kingdom of Heaven has come near to you.” (Luke 10: 9, 11)

If Jesus is the resurrection and the life, then He is also the kingdom of Heaven. He walks among us, the full embodiment of Heaven on earth.

“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today, if your hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put Me to the test and saw My works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known My ways.’ As I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” (Hebrews 3: 7 – 11)

Jesus is our High Priest, so we are able “to hold fast our confession” of faith. He is able to “sympathize with our weaknesses.” We are as such able to approach God “with confidence,” knowing that He Himself provides us with mercy and “grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 14 – 16, selected)

Jesus is our life. He is the kingdom of Heaven. We walk in this kingdom here on the earth with softened hearts, leaning on Him for mercy and grace and help in time of need. Let us lean on the Lord.