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Forcing a Test on the LORD

December 27, 2017

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Forcing 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’s temptation  to put the LORD God Almighty  to a test.     The devil implied  that if  God really loves us,  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  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 seem  to 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.

As we remember God’s love  for us,  let us love Him  in return.

We can say,  “Hallelujah!”  as God guides our lives  in a true love  and we learn  what it means  to appreciate His protective care.

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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

 

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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