“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.

“A Way Out” (1 Corinthians 10: 13, ESV) by Carley Evans


We are without excuse. When we sin, we miss — by ignoring or outright refusing — the way out provided by God. We are not able to say, when we are tempted, that it is God. Rather, “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1: 14 – 15)

When tempted by desire, we ought to expect the way out we know is provided by our loving Father. As we anticipate our desire, we also should anticipate the sin blossoming within it, and ready ourselves for the path of escape.

I don’t think God means for the way of escape to be difficult to find. God also does “not let [us] be tempted beyond [our] ability.”

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 15 – 16)