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God’s Word Tests Us

August 2, 2017

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God’s Word Tests Us

Life isn’t easy.     We all agonize  under a whole bunch  of trials.     Others  are so busy agonizing  under their own trials,  they don’t have time  to really care  about our trials.     We wonder  when God will bless us  with an answer  to our prayers.

We think about  how God’s word talks  about answers  to our prayers.     But,  where are  our answers?     Let’s look  at a trust builder.

Psalm 105  describes God’s wonderful works  for the Israelites.     Here  Israel is told  to remember  all these marvelous ways  in which God  led His people.     What is really amazing  is that some  of the events  the psalmist lists  took lots of time  in God’s purposeful working.

Time!     Who has time?     That is the cry  of our little faith.     But,  our God  of love  knows how  to work time  to our advantage  in the end.     With the use  of time,  God testsrefines,  and purifies  the quality  of our faith.     We just need  to trust.

The most striking example  of God’s use  of time  in Psalm 105  is given  in the life  of Joseph.     We can check out Joseph’s whole story starting  in Genesis 37,  but Psalm 105  shows the purpose  of it all.     Psalm 105:16-21  gives us  the gist  of Joseph’s lifelong experience.     It says,

And He (God) called  for a famine  upon the land;  He (God) broke  the whole staff  of bread.     He (God) sent a man before them,  Joseph,  who was sold  as a slave.     They afflicted his feet  with fetters;  he himself  was laid  in irons,  until the time  that his word  came to pass,  the word  of the LORD  tested him.     The king sent  and released him,  the ruler of peoples,  and set him free.     He made him lord  of his house,  and ruler  over all his possessions.

Joseph’s brothers  had hated him  for being the favorite  “good and faithful boy”  of their father.     When he was young,  Joseph had a dream  that his brothers  would some day  bow down to him.     That really  made them angry.     So,  they sold Joseph  into slavery,  thinking they took care  of him forever.

But,  all this rivalry  was God’s plan  to save the Israelites  in a time  of famine  years later.     God’s plan included  a lot  of suffering  for Joseph  —  slavery,  imprisonment,  lies about his character.     As the psalmist says,  “The word  of the LORD  tested him.”

What a long test.     The word  of the LORD  tests us  also.

All those years  of slavery,  imprisonment,  and false accusations  was God’s way  of testing Joseph  to strengthen  his faith  and make him a strong leader  in Egypt.     Joseph never gave up his faith  in the LORD’s goodness  all those years.

We should not  give up our faith  in the LORD God Almighty  either.  What seems like  a long time for us now  is nothing  in all of eternity.

Joseph’s attitude  in all  of his suffering  was to be content  in whatever situation  God allowed him  to be in  —  and to constantly  do his best  to serve others  in every situation.     He never complained  because  he trusted  that God would work  all things  for his good  in the end.

Years later,  the same attitude  of trust  and contentment  is shown by Paul  as he sat  in jail  and wrote  Philippians 4:11.     He said,

I have learned  to be content  in whatever circumstances  I am.

Paul might have impatiently wanted answers  to his prayers  beforehand,  but he  learned to be content”  as God led him  through one trial  after another.     Paul’s contentment  grew  with all his learning experiences.

As God’s word  tests us,  we need  to constantly remember  that God’s love  for us  is faithful  and everlasting.     When God knows  His purpose has been accomplished,  He will bring about  the best answer  to our prayers  —  better than we ever imagined.

In the meantime,  we are  to obediently trust  and love  our LORD,  knowing  that He will surely  work all things  for our good  in the end.

Then,  with Paul,  Joseph,  and all God’s children,  we will joyfully say,  “Hallelujah!     I am content  in God’s loving care.”

Love,
Margaret

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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

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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