As I was writing the post entitled “The Pursuit of Wisdom” I cut out a great deal of material that I thought was tangential to the topic and therefore only slightly relevant. However, because the subject of that tangent had merit, I decided to save the text and see if it materialized into something of use. When studying the wisdom of Solomon and his subsequent “fall,” I was amazed at how someone so wise could follow a path that led to his downfall. Where did he go wrong? Was he corrupted by wealth? By power? What happened?
Read Part 1: Does God Test His People?
Part 1 examined God’s testing of the Israelites in the wilderness. He used their hunger and His provision of manna as tests of obedience and faith. Some passed. Some failed. But the test came from The LORD, and God’s people had to choose whether to obey.
Fast-forward about 1500 years to the time of Christ. Just like the Israelites, Jesus was also tested in the wilderness. It is no coincidence that the story of Jesus’ temptation parallels the story of the Manna and Quail in many ways. And Jesus was obviously aware of these similarities, because He quotes a passage straight from that story when resisting the devil.
Deuteronomy 6:16 tells us that we are not to test God. But what about the other way around? Have you ever wondered if something you are going through is a test from the LORD? Does God test his people?
The answer, unequivocally, is yes.