Scripture Reading: Psalm 11:5
About 21 years ago, then I was just like a baby, tender in the things of God, it was barely one year after I was converted though I was on fire with the desire to know more of him. On this faithful day I was somewhere with some persons who believed that God tempts man and that it is not possible for man to live a righteous life. I stood all alone to defend God even though I was still a baby Christian at that time. Though they refused to agree with me on the truth that God does not tempt anyone, but I knew that the little I said passed a message.
Few years later, one of them, the most vocal in that argument, said to me, “I now know that what you were telling us some years back is true; but then I was blind.” I simply told them then that God does not tempt anyone, but that God can only put us to the test. The two words, seem to mean the same to some persons, but they are not. Temptation has to do with sin; it is the means the devil uses to lead man to sin. Test is what God uses to check your obedience to his will. God tests man to prove his strength against temptations, because the devil will always tempt him. Students go through test every term, because it is the only quantitative measure of accessing the child’s knowledge of what was thought. Tests enable students to improve in the areas where they are not doing well, so that when examination comes they will be able to excel in performance.
Our heavenly Father prepares us before hand through test to face the temptations of the enemy who would always tempt us whether one likes it or not. Hear James as he speaks to us in today’s reflection, “Blessed is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12).
Let us equally share with St. Paul this spiritual knowledge as he admonishes the Romans, “We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hopes.” (Romans 5:3-4). Our scripture reference for today’s devotional says, “The Lord test and proves the righteous, but his soul abhors the wicked and him who loves violence.” Beloved in Christ, we are better off when God tests us, if only we understand the purpose of such a test. An unrefined gold that refused to go through the test of a furnace will never mean much to people. It becomes pure gold by going through the test of fire. So it is with you, child of God; you cannot become his vessel of honour unless God takes you through those tests. Are you ready to step out and walk with the Lord for some refining?
- Thank God for the grace to know him.
- Lord, forgive me, for those moments I had complained under test. I had not been strong in enduring test, I had most of the times thought that you were not with me as I went through such tests, but I know better, so help me dear Lord to be strong from now on in Jesus name. Amen.
- Pray for more spiritual understanding of today’s reflection.
- Pray for all Christians that they will understand the purpose of God in trials.
- Pray for all seeking life partner and fruit of the womb
Exercise:Take the prayer of Self Surrender to God (Section A)
Memory Verse: Isaiah 43:2