For this track on Testing God, we go to Psalm 95:8-9
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
We see in verse 8 a reoccurring theme, ‘They tested and tried me though they saw what I did.’
The majority of times we test God is from a negative position. From a place of anger, fear, of challenging the fulfilment of his covenant. That was the case here. God brought them out of Egypt and that was a big wow God but we don’t believe your covenant extends all the way to the land of Canaan. They accused God of pretty poor planning.
Contrast that to the Queen of Sheba who deliberately tested Solomon with hard questions she collected from the wise men in her court. She was doing this not to expose Solomon’s weakness. She wasn’t trying to embarrass him but she was giving him an opportunity to shine, to display the immensity of his wisdom.
I believe God delights in having us test him in a way that reveals the majesty of the covenant. If you can’t find me in heaven, look for me in the archives where I can read the other half of the story. I cannot see from my earthly point of view what heavenly good there is in some situations. It doesn’t make sense to me BUT I have a deeply vested belief in the love of God, wisdom of God, juxtaposition of God. I have no fear at all that God will be shown lacking. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the story that looks like a mess to me.
So often we try to protect God by not asking him the hard questions.
I challenge you, adrenals and kidneys to be free to ask God in a non-challenging mode to instruct you, show you the flavours of his covenant, reveal to you the purity, wisdom, complexity, passion, endurance, forgiveness. Ask him to show you his faithfulness from his sapphire throne of Ezekiel 2.
Bring him a situation, a problem, something meaningful, a mess that you don’t understand and say, ‘Here I am as a covenant member of your community. Will you show me yourself as the God of covenant? Will you reveal to me, instruct me in this very place that seems so very hard, painful and a challenge for me.’
Allow God to show you who he is rather than having your soul focus on what God didn’t deliver.
I bless you spirit, with leading the adrenals and kidneys into this place of testing God with a righteous attitude, in a context which allows him to show you the full extent of the majesty of his covenant and the perfection that he weaves together.
Having listened to this section on Testing God, what are your thoughts and emotions that bubble up? How do you relate to what is being described?
What are your thoughts on testing God? Have you tested him from a place of anger or fear? (I have)
What practice can you put in place to allow God to show you who he is rather than your soul focusing on who he is not because of something he has yet to do. Awareness is a good starting place.
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