A preacher friend of mine once said, “Whenever you see the word ‘therefore’ in the Bible, it is telling us what we are there for.”
The writer of the book of Hebrews uses the word 25 times. The word is seen from the first chapter of the book to its last. If the writer of the book was the apostle Paul, Hebrews would be consistent with his other books. In his epistles, the apostle used the word more than 100 times.
What are we “there for” in Hebrews chapter four? According to the writer, we are there to learn that it is possible for a person that has been a Christian to fall away. This was the threat that faced the members of the church in Judea. The writer tells them, “Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience,” (Hebrews 4:11 NASB).
The inspired writer encourages his readers to become “eager and alert,” the meaning of the word “diligent” in the passage. It is possible for those who have obeyed Christ to become lackluster and derelict in their obedience to the law of Christ. What the writer gives us in Hebrews 4:11 hearkens back to the first verse of the chapter. Verse 14 is almost a verbatim repeat.
Why must we remain alert? Because there is a living God who can search the “thoughts and intents of the heart,” (Hebrews 4:12). God has the ability to look into the very heart, conscience, or soul of man and see everything, good or bad, inside that heart.
One commentator of this verse wrote that God is like a surgeon who has a bright light to look into the very depths of the body and a scalpel so sharp is can dissect a tumor even in the middle of vital organs.
God searches the hearts of everyone and knows the thoughts and intents inside that mind. As God searches your heart, what does he see?