Testing God

Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.” Matthew 4:7 HCSB

We live in a world where testing abounds. Children take tests at school to prove they have mastered the material they are studying. Adults take tests to earn certifications and licenses to perform their jobs with excellence. We are required to take a test to get a driver’s license. There are tests on new medical products to make sure they are safe. Test pilots test a new plane to make sure it operates properly.

The temptation that Satan put before Jesus was to test God. He even used Scripture to justify why Jesus should test God. But Jesus was smarter than Satan and again quoted Scripture to overcome the temptation. We are instructed to trust God and not to test Him. There is only one place in the Bible where God says to test Him – “Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test me in this way”, says the Lord of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.”

Challenge: Do not test God except in this one area of giving. Give at least a tenth of your income to the Lord and His work and He has promised to bless you. His blessing may not be in the form of money or material possessions, but God will bless you and use you to bless others.

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