An Evil Unbelieving Heart
40 Days of Personal Change, Day 34
Tishrei 5, 5780 / September 23, 2020

Hebrews 3:12-13 NASB 12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is [still] called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

In my devotion today a question was asked, “Where did I lose my sense of wonder”? My answer was, “When I allowed discouragement to enter my heart.”

Where does discouragement come from?

Proverbs 13:12 NASB Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

The Hebrew word for deferred is “mashak” which can mean draw, prolonged, scattered, draw along, draw away, etc. Another definition is to be drawn out or be postponed.

Be postponed. . . . Think about that for a minute.

What happens to your heart when something you hope for is postponed? Do you wait patiently for the promise to be fulfilled, trusting that YHVH has HIS perfect timing, or do you try to make it happen in YOUR time? When the promise doesn’t happen in YOUR time, what happens to your faith? Does it waver or do you remain steadfast?

According to Hebrews 3:12 mentioned above, the writer states to take care that there might not be in any one of you an “evil, unbelieving heart”. But my heart isn’t evil? Right? 

When we allow the seed of discouragement to enter our heart because of an unfulfilled hope or promise, and continue to water that seed by meditating on what we do not have, it becomes a plant that will eventually produce that same kind of fruit. The fruit of discouragement is not something we want to bear and is the kind of fruit we need the Father to prune.

The word “discouraged” is found six times in the Scripture (Numbers 21:4; Numbers 32:9; Deuteronomy 1:21, 28; Isaiah 42:4; Colossians 3:21). In the Tanakh, each time the Hebrew word for discouragement is used it is a different root word. The word for discouraged in Numbers 21:4 is “qatsar” which means “to dock off or cut down.” 

In the Brit Hadasha, Colossians 3:21 the Greek word is “athmeo” which means “to be spiritless, disheartened, or dismayed.” 

Proverbs 18:14 NASB The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But [as for] a broken spirit who can bear it? 

Discouragement is a good barometer to check where we are truly sourced. When we feel discouraged, our one sure resource is YHVH.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Hebrews 3:13 NASB But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is [still] called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin

Hebrews 10:23 NASB Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;

John 16:33 NASB “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 27:14 NASB Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

Psalm 31:24 NASB Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.

Dorothy Wilson


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