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When Life Does Not Go Your Way
Series: Believing Better: Overcoming the Lies That Prevent Us from Living Free in Christ
Jesus however is not fooled by the enemy. Although the enemy tries to use the God’s Word to trick Jesus, Jesus is not discouraged to stop using God's Word for Himself. Jesus again, replies with scripture:
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:16 which reads:
“Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.”
In Deuteronomy 6 Moses is speaking to the Israelites before they enter the land promised to them filled with milk and honey after they have spent 40 years wondering in the wilderness. In this chapter Moses exhorts them to keep Gods commands, to pass these commands down to their children, and he tells them to love God with all their heart and soul and mind. Then in verse 16 he remind them not to test God as they did in Massah. Well where is Massah and what happened there that Moses to telling the Israelites not to do again?
The Bible answers this question in Exodus 17. There we read that as the Israelites have been released from Egyptian slavery and Moses is leading them to their Promised Land. However, after much traveling they camped in the desert with no water to drink. They became thirst and complained to Moses and questioned if God was with them. They concluded that if they were thirsty maybe God was not leading them, maybe He was not with them, maybe they should have just stayed in Egyptian slavery. Moses then prayed to God and God miraculously provided water for the Israelites when Moses hits staff against a rock. Then Exodus 17 verse 7 we read:
“And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?””
Massah means testing. Moses named this land Massah because it was here that the Israelites tested God. How? Well, they believed that water was some evidence of God's presence and power. That God needed to show or prove Himself by providing water.
The problem with this is God is God with or without water. God is God with or without comfort, safety or wealth. God is still God in the wilderness. God is God alone. And He does not need to prove Himself and He certainly does not need us testing Him.
With that thought, how many times do we test God? How many times do we think if we don't have money or status or a certain relationship or look a certain way God is not with us? How many times do we think these things prove God's favor to us and presence with us? But the only thing God has promised us is salvation through His Son Jesus Christ to those that believe in Him and the benefits that come with that relationship. The truth is ...
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