Testing God: when to and when not to.

7 Aug

Testing God can be a tricky subject for many of us.  At first glance, without giving it the attention it deserves, scripture can almost appear to be contradictory on the matter.

Lets look at two sections together and see if we can dissect it to get to the bottom of what is being said.

(Matthew Chapter 4) When Jesus had fasted 40 days and nights, Satan came to tempt him three times. In Satan’s second attempt, it looked like this:

6 “If you are the Son of God,”he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,  and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d   Quoting Deuteronomy 6:16)

It never gets old to me, this section of scripture where Satan quotes God.  I think so many people think that Satan is stupid, and he has no idea what is coming.  Almost as if he doesn’t even really know there is a God.

When really, Satan knows God VERY well.  Right now, he can approach God to make accusations against the brethren, ask to tempt us, and fight the angels.

Back to the topic at hand, Satan asked Jesus to do something and then tried to use scripture to justify his own intentions.  And Jesus quickly recognized that the purpose of jumping would not be to bring God glory and honor, but to test if He’d fulfill the wishes and desires of Satan through Jesus.

Look at this section of scripture.  God is dealing with the descendants of Jacob because they are robbing Him of tithing.

Malachi 3:10

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates  of heaven and pour out  so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Here we have God telling us to test Him according to our obedience to His teaching and commands, which in turn pours out the advancement of blessings!

God calls us to give a tithe (tenth) of the first fruits of our labor.  God’s commands are not suggestions.  And He welcomes our testing on the fulfillment of His promises.

Do you see the difference?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

The next time I’m unsure of whether or not I should step out in faith and “test God”, ask myself these two questions:

1.) Is it God’s law, command or teaching that I do this?

2.) Will it advance my faith and testimony of God’s faithfulness,  or accomplish an end I myself or someone else is actually desiring?

If the answer is YES to number one and YES to the first part of number two, then I should press on with testing!

If the answers is NO to number one and YES to the second part of number two, then I am wrong if I try to test God in this way.

 

 

 

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