A Test on the Lord Your God
A Test On The Lord Your God
We are told over and over about the greatness of God’s love and compassion for His people. We hear how God has promised to be near us and carry us through all our trials. Bible verses that remind us of these truths are very comforting and we can truly rest in them.
But, some people will misuse God’s promises and twist them in such a way that they are no longer expressing God’s intended word. One example of this is when the devil tempted Jesus in Luke 4:9-12,
And he led Him [Jesus] 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,’
‘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.”
The devil certainly spoke the truth when he quoted those two verses. God surely does care for His beloved. But, jumping off the pinnacle of the temple is a loveless and defiant forcing of a test on the Lord God Almighty. It’s easy to see that it is very wrong to mockingly challenge God to protect a person who is defiantly demanding God’s protection.
We need to apply Jesus’ reply to our own lives as He said, “You shall not force a test on the Lord your God.” We often force a test on the Lord with our disobedience of all sorts. We dare the Lord to keep on taking care of us, despite our belligerent waywardness. Instead of doing our utmost to live according to the loving ways of the Lord, people defiantly and purposely sin in order to carry out their own desires — daring the Lord to continue caring for them and blessing them.
The Lord certainly is loving and caring. But, He is also just and righteous. As our loving heavenly Father, He will apply the right discipline and judgment for our disobedience. Nobody will get away with forcing a test on the Lord.
And the whole of God’s word needs to be applied to our lives. Quoting a verse out of context is no different from outright lying. It is not wise to listen to anyone who likes to misconstrue God’s word, and it is even worse when we do it ourselves in order to justify our sinful desires. We need to be like Jesus when He was tempted. He rightly applied God’s word to His life and refused to disobey God’s word in the slightest way.
With Jesus by our side to strengthen us, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, thank You for giving us Your word to guide us in all righteousness until we reach our heavenly home.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.