Testing Before Blessing
Updated: Apr 28, 2019
Exodus 16:4 "Then the LORD said to Moses, "Look, I'm going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions."
The sinful nature we struggle against as Christ followers reflects the very nature of Satan himself. Remember, Isaiah the prophet tells the reason for Satan's fall; he didn't trust God. God had a plan for Satan too, but Satan had a different vision for his life.
We see that same nature manifesting in the Children Of Israel (COI) in the passage above. God's plan to deliver them wasn't working out the way they wanted it to, so they started to complain.
God had already promised them a rich land, flowing with milk and honey. He said that they would live in houses that they did not build, harvest crops that they did not plant, that He was going to bless them so that rest of the world would want to turn to Him too.
God hadn't changed His mind, He was leading the COI to their promise; but He knew that they weren't ready to possess that promise. God will never give us more than we can bear; either in testing or in blessing.
"God Will Never Give Us More Than We Can Bear: Either in Testing or in Blessing!"
We are far more vulnerable to Satan's schemes while we are walking in blessing, than when we are walking through testing. In Mark 10:25 Jesus warns that it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. When we have all that we need, then we stop needing; and that includes needing God too. We tend to be more aware in general when we are in need, and that also includes awareness of God too.
"When We Have All That We Need, Then We Stop Needing; And That Includes Needing God Too."
God knows that His promise, without His process, will destroy us. God wants us not only to learn that we CAN trust Him, but that we MUST TRUST Him. So, as He did with the COI, God will take us on an unexpected, if not unwanted, journey; the process that will condition us to possess the promise without being destroyed by it.
So, if you find yourself in a place NOT of your choosing, hoping for different circumstances than what you have now, hold on, trust God, and be patient. Trust that He is working HIS Best Laid Plans for your life.
Hebrews 3:14-15 "For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Remember what it says: "Today when you hear his voice, don't harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled."
Don't let your unplanned, difficult circumstances cause you to harden your heart, leading you to rebel against Him and His plans for your life. Be thankful in ALL things, praising Him who works all things together for your good.
The Blessing Comes After The Testing!