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You Shall Not Force A Test On The LORD

September 22, 2011

You Shall Not Force A Test On The LORD

We tend to think  that we are not really arrogant,  especially towards our LORD.     But,  when we really examine  ourselves,  we can probably  all  find  a lot of room  for improvement — often in the area of  “testing”  our LORD.

Luke chapter 4  tells about the devil tempting Jesus  in the wilderness.     Verses 9-12 tell about the devil tempting Jesus to put the LORD God Almighty  to a test.     The devil implied that  if  God  really loves us, as He says He does,  He will take care of us,  no matter what  we try to do.     So it says,

And he led Him to Jerusalem  and set Him  on the pinnacle  of the temple,  and said to Him,  “If  You are the Son of God,  cast yourself  down from here;  for it is written,

‘HE WILL GIVE HIS ANGELS  CHARGE CONCERNING YOU  TO GUARD YOU,’  and,

‘ON THEIR HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP,  LEST YOU STRIKE  YOUR FOOT  AGAINST A STONE.'”

And Jesus answered  and said to him,  “It is said,  ‘YOU SHALL NOT FORCE A TEST  ON THE LORD  YOUR GOD.'”

And when the devil  had finished  every temptation,  he departed from Him  until an opportune time.

In our lives  we are often tempted  to feel that if God really loves us,  He won’t ever let anything bad happen to us — even when  we purposely live in our  “chosen”  sinful life styles.

Jesus would have sinned  if He would have dared God  to take care of Him,  by  jumping off that pinnacle.     His attitude  would have been wrong  because  it would have been  loveless.     It’s no different with us.

There are all sorts  of foolish  and sinful things  people purposely  do in this world,  as they expect  God  to take care of them.     Just because  God does not punish them  right away,  they feel  like their sin is okay  in God’s estimation.     After all,  they’re  “getting away with it”  day after day — year after year.

What they don’t realize  is that  they are not loving God  as they continually  test Him  with their blatant sins.     They say  they believe God,  but they do not love Him.     Those  who honestly love  and trust  the Lord  have no desire to test Him.     A true love  will only try  to please  the Lord.     Our aim  in life  should be  a true love  for our Creator and Redeemer.

Repeated  sins  become embedded habits.     They chain us  into situations  that  we no longer  have control over.     As time goes on,  those uncontrolled  situations  create hardened hearts  because people feel  God  won’t ever judge their behavior — or doesn’t care about them.     Neither of those suppositions is true.

As we remember  God’s love for us,  let us  love Him in return  with our whole lives.

Then,  in peace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for guiding our lives  in a true love  and for helping us learn  what it means  to appreciate Your protective care.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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