In an ever-changing culture with highs and lows in the moral temperature we’ve learned to have a hard head and a soft heart. Hard head in matters of principle and a soft heart in matters of people. The problem comes when we are soft-headed with our principles and hard-hearted toward people.
Ezekiel 3:9 says, “Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.” God made the prophet Ezekiel hard-headed with the message of truth that he was given to deliver to his pagan nation. Many other prophets were given hard heads as well. The same hard-headedness for the truth of God is needed today in the face of persecution here in America and around the world.
Zechariah 7:12 says, “They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets; therefore great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.” If the two greatest commandments are to love God first and love others second, then if our hearts are hard toward God we will naturally be hard toward others as well. The love of God is extinguished in our lives when our hearts are hard toward His words. This is as true today as it was during the prophet Zechariah’s time.
What’s interesting is that the Bible says God made Ezekiel’s head hard, while the people made their hearts hard. If we stand on God’s truth with a “whatever the cost” unbending attitude, then He will make our head hard enough to withstand the persecution that will come. Yet if we choose not to make this commitment, then our hearts will become hardened toward God, resulting in hardening toward people.
This year we are committing to have a hard head with a soft heart. Any other combination (soft head/hard heart, hard head/hard heart, soft head/soft heart) won’t allow us to withstand the ever changing moral and spiritual climate in our nation.