Deuteronomy 8:2 The Reason For Tests

Taking a test

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2

Very few people like to go through testing. It is often a time of high anxiety and fear. The higher the importance of the test, the higher the level of fear and worry a person may have.

Testing usually determines what is next in the life of a person. If the person passes the test, he can move on to the next level in whatever field the test was for. If he fails the test, he steps back and either quits or has to re-take the test.

While the common thought of what a test is, is that it is a written test, the majority of tests people take are not written down. They are tests of character. When a person is working for someone, the boss is testing the person by watching how he works and reacts to things. This is done to determine if the person can get a promotion.

Moses tells the Israelites to remember what they went through in the wilderness. That time of wandering was a test from God. It was an unwritten test to determine what was in their hearts and how well they will follow God’s commands.

Even to this day God still tests people. Even though He already knows what is in their hearts, He tests them to see how they will react to situations and how well they will obey God. Although with God, He gives the answers to the test. He tells people how to act and follow Him. All a person needs to do is obey God’s commands and he will pass the test. Once a person passes God’s test, God will move him forward to the next level.

Think about the hard times in your life, the times of being in a wilderness. Those times are there to help build you up. They are a test to determine how well you will follow God.

Each time you are tested by God, you have to make a choice. Will you follow God’s commands in the situation? Or will you follow the ways of this world?

Following the ways of this world, will be failure. Following God will always be passing. God can then move you up and forward.

How are you passing?

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will recognize the tests of God; that you will pass every test of God; and that you will follow God with all of your heart and life. 

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Numbers 14:3 Giving Up Too Soon

Brick wall

Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt? Numbers 14:3

Having dreams to accomplish or do something is a thing a lot of people have. They have a vision to do something great and begin to move forward with it, with a lot of excitement and expectation.

As they are moving forward, suddenly they hit a road block or an obstacle. The majority of people will suddenly give up on their vision. They freeze and quit, not knowing how to get over or around the obstacle. They feel as if they cannot move forward, no matter what they do.

By the miraculous hand of God and many miracles, the Israelites had left Egypt. They had food and water provided for them by miracles in the wilderness. They had the great vision of going into a new land and possessing it.

Now when they see that land, they see some obstacles. Immediately they lose vision and give up. They no longer want to move forward, but go back to what they know and understand. They are willing to go back to slavery and lose their freedom, then to attempt to take the new land with God’s power.

This kind of action is common with many believers today. They become a believer. Shortly afterwards, they get a vision from God to do something. As they move forward, they hit some obstacle blocking them. Then they quit too soon. They do not give God the opportunity to do a great work through them.

Giving up and quitting is easy to do. It takes more strength and faith to keep moving forward with what God has said to do. However, if God has said to do it, it can be done…in His way and in His time and in His power.

Don’t let some obstacle or hardship in your life block you from the vision God has given you. He has promised you a new land, go in and take that land with His power. What He has called you to, He will accomplish.

Quitting too soon, will always guarantee failure. God is not a God of failure, but of success.

Don’t allow yourself to go back to the old ways of living, but be victorious in God’s strength. Keep the vision alive and move forward!

I pray today that you will know what God has called you to do; that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward; that you will have a God-sized vision; and that God will do great things in and through you.

Obadiah 1:3 Deceived By Pride

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 1:3

Edom was the nation that was started by Esau, brother of Jacob, who was the father of Israel. While Israel was traveling through the wilderness, the nation of Edom refused to let them travel through their land. Edom thought that they were all powerful and were the best. They felt that there was nothing that could be done to them. They were filled with extreme pride and God was beginning to challenge that pride.

Pride is something that can show up in a person’s life very easily. When things are accomplished and things look good for a person, usually pride shows up. The greater the success, the higher the level of pride of the heart can be.

Many great nations, such as Rome, had once thought that they were the best and the most powerful nation on the earth. They felt that no one could break them, yet, each one has been destroyed. America felt that it could never be attacked, yet was attacked on 9/11 by surprise.

In the same way an individual can be filled with a deceiving pride in the heart. It will often cause a person to think that he cannot fail or fall because of what he has done or where he is at. Pride will cause the person to think that he is invincible and that no one can pull him down. This will then allow for sin to be allowed in a person’s life.

It is deceiving because it is not true. God is greater than any person on this earth. God can set things up to bring a person down who is filled with false pride.

Even inside the church, this type of pride can deceive many. Leaders and churches often feel that they are the best and cannot fail. Yet, later ruin comes to them because they allowed sin to slip into their lives.

Allow God to search your heart and see if there is any pride deceiving you. Check yourself and see what you are proud of and whether it is allowing sin into your life or not. All that you have done has been done only because God gave you the ability.

I pray today that you will not allow sin in your life; that God will guide your heart to keep from being deceived by pride; that you will remain humble before God; and that you will keep your heart open for God to see.

Psalm 143:10 It Is Not About Your Desires

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10

Learning things from other people is something that every person starts out in life doing. Every child born begins learning by observing others and imitating them. As children get older, they begin to pull away from learning from others so that they can do their own thing. As adults, most people do not like to learn from others, they feel that they know the best ways for their own life.

Businesses are started all the time. As fast as they are started, many fail and close. The reasons many of them fail, is that most of the owners refuse to listen to those who have been successful in business. They fail to follow the tried and true practices of running a business because they feel they know how to do it.

In the same way many lives fail for the same reason. People do not like to be led by God and follow His ways of doing things. They “know” how to best live this life.

David knew that God’s will and desire was the best,  not his own. He also knew that he had to be taught to do God’s will, it would not just automatically come.

Being taught to do God’s will may mean that some doors are closed. That some paths are rough and difficult to travel.  The largest challenge is that it is not about you, it is all about God.

God is standing by waiting to show you the best way to live this life. He has been teaching for thousands of years and has a proven track record to show He knows what He is doing.

If God is your God, you need to allow Him to be your God. You need to allow Him to lead you in how to live your life. He is right there willing to teach you what to do.

Are you willing to allow Him to teach you His ways, which are the best ways?

Or will you remain stuck in failure mode doing your own thing?

Seek out God’s will for your life. Be willing to let Him teach you how to do His desire. It will be the best thing for your life.

I pray today that you will know what God’s will is for your life; that you will remain open to the teaching of God; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; and that you will do what God wants you to do.