Is God “kicking the tires”?
“Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. For Thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in Thy truth.” Psalm 26:2-3
How do car manufacturers make sure their vehicles are safe for people to drive? They put them on a proving ground where they’re driven hundreds of miles over rough roads, through water and heat—screeching, turning, twisting, hitting the brakes, accelerating to top speeds. They want to see if that car will stand the test.
It is the same with our spiritual lives. God gives the test first and the lesson afterwards. Read throughout Scripture and you will find this to be true. Joseph was tested. David was tested. Moses was tested. Peter was tested.
When God gets ready to prove you, He is not going to test you in the good times because that is not a test! Anybody can serve God in the sunshine.
The test is not how you behave when there is victory all around; the test is how you behave when God brings you to the wilderness. He wants to know what is in your heart. Are you fully devoted to God?
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