It is easy to see why the Narwal has been called the “Unicorn of the Sea!” For the male, the canine tooth becomes a long tusk, piercing its upper lip. This pale medium-sized whale swims in the Arctic waters and sometimes dies from drowning! They need wide open spaces to breathe. But if they do not leave before the waters freeze over in late autumn, then they can suffocate!
Today’s verse says that we can become hardened. Our hearts have the tendency to turn away from God in rebellion and unbelief (verse 12). Like the formation of ice, it can be a slow insidious process that we do not even realize is happening. Sin is deceitful, pulling us gradually and subtly away from the God we love. Sin is deceitful as it seems so good and right. It can appear sophisticated and desirable. We need encouragement everyday in order to resist its attraction. By recognizing sin’s empty promises and praying for one another, we can hold on firmly to what we have in Christ (verse 14).
I would like to think that I am immune from sin’s attraction. But even though I have known and loved the Savior for a long time, I am not immune. I understand the complications and danger sin can bring to a life. Even so I will always need the example and encouragement from other believers. He is always ready to forgive, but I do not like the distance I feel from the Lord when I give in. I know that if I flirt with sin, my heart will no longer be soft and pliable to Him.
Lord, do not let my heart ever become hardened.