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.
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’ Exodus 10:3
Humility is putting other people before one’s own self. It is allowing someone else to be above self. The world does not believe in humility. Starting with Satan and going through every person, life has always been about self. Man wants to be in absolute control of every area of his own life. He wants to be the one who sits on the throne of authority.
People want to receive the honor and praise for everything that happens. This even includes many who are in the church. Pride is allowed to be a part of the life of a person, pushing God back or completely out of the picture.
God asked Pharaoh how long he would refuse to humble himself before Him. Pharaoh believed that he was the one in control and even above God, Himself. He refused to let the people go, even though God was proving over and over that He had the true authority and power over Pharaoh and his people.
There are many believers who are also guilty of not humbling themselves before God. They feel as though they are the ones in control. It is all about their ministry, their work, their power, their authority and God is not allowed to be on the throne. In word, they say that God is the King and in control, but in reality, it is all about how they look to others. It is about self.
Humbling yourself means that you will allow God to be the one in control of your life. It means you know that in yourself, you have no control or power. The only control you have is humbling yourself and letting God have the control.
Do not be like Pharaoh and allow the sin of self-pride to rule your life. God had to crush both Pharaoh and all of Egypt to get them to realize that He was in control. As with Pharaoh, it is not about you, but about God and others.
Who are you putting on the throne of your life? Is it God? Or is it yourself?
Humble yourself before God today and let Him be God of your life.
I pray today that you will know the authority God has; that you will humble yourself before God; that you will let God rule your life; and that you will point all people towards God and not towards yourself.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
Individuals in the world like to think that the world circles around themselves. Many believe that they are the most important person around. Workers in a job often feel as thought they are indispensable to a company, because they are so important. Leaders often act as though they are the greatest thing on the earth.
This type of belief and action is learned as a child. Little children are known for acting as though they deserve everything. And many parents give them everything they want, building up their pride. Schools teach children that they are to be proud of who they are and what they are.
Acting like this is following the ways of the devil. He was proud and was forced out of heaven. He tried to make himself more than who he was before God.
God is not looking for people who are proud. When a person is proud of himself, it is all about himself and what he can do without God or others. There is no love for other people and especially no love for their enemies, because it is not about others.
James tells the people to humble themselves before God. That is to put oneself into God’s hands, knowing that one cannot do it himself. This is not bashing oneself, but trusting in God’s abilities, powers, and ways to live life. It is allowing God to control the life of a person, not the person controlling his own life.
When a believer humbles himself before God, it gives God the ability to do great things in and through that person. It is giving God absolute control because it is not about self anymore. One can begin to really love his enemies and reach out to those in need. It gives the ability to be the witness God wants hi to be.
You may or may not be a proud person who is rude, but take a look at your life. Is there any area of your life where it is all about you?
Focus your life and abilities on God. Lean on Him for everything. Give Him the glory for all the good things in your life. Do not take it for yourself.
As you do this God can work greater things through you in this world. He will lift you up.
I pray today that you will trust God’s abilities and not your own; that you will put God first in your life; that your life will be a mirror of Jesus; that you will be humble before God and others; and that you will see God’s hand lifting you up in His ways.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Hebrews 4:2-3