“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”
Deuteronomy 8:1-2 NKJV
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.”
Exodus 16:4 NKJV
“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”” Genesis 22:1-2, 11-12 NKJV
How many times have you asked someone what they do for a living when you first meet them? Are you testing to see whether you want to talk further with them or not? Have you ever said something to someone to see how they will respond? How about when the police set up a sting operation?
Perhaps, God tests you to look deep into your heart. God even tested His only Son by sending Him out into the wilderness with Satan. If the Father tests His Son, why would He not test you? Could suffering be a test to see how your heart responds to Him? Have you ever got angry with God when you suffered in some way? If God asked you to kill your only son like He did with Abraham, would you?
Every day is a test in some way. Each Sin presented before you tests your heart and obedience to God. Sometimes, the tests are more significant than others. How are you performing?
I know, like Abraham, I have failed tests before me. Even though I failed at times, I learn from them and get closer to the Lord. These tests help transform my heart to where God wants my heart to be. So, don’t despair the tests. Simply learn from them, lean closer to God and try hard not to repeat or pass the test if you are tested again.
by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor