Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.” – Exodus 16:4
The Hebrews had traveled through the desert for some time and were without food. They complained to Moses against God. Their hearts turned back for the trappings of Egypt when they faced a test from time to time. Because they complained of hunger, the LORD decided to test them to see if they’d obey him. He gave Moses instructions on when to collect manna and when not to. The LORD explained that in this way he could test them to see if they’d obey him or not.
Have you ever heard someone say that God doesn’t test people? Well, if you have, the one stating such obviously doesn’t know the scriptures. The Word states that God does not tempt mankind, but it also says that he did, does, and will test people. The difference is that during the test people become tempted of their desires and then blame God after they have given in to their desires. Thus, they disobey God out of their pride and selfishness but try to cast doubt and blame onto God the Father. Is it any wonder why Jesus had the apostles learn to pray with the statement “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”? When you are tempted, it’s your doing. If you are drawn away by temptation, don’t blame God. He may have set up the test to see if you obey, but any failure lies with you. Trust God to protect, provide, and prevail when you’re in the midst of a tribulation or trial. He is merely growing you and testing you to make you more like his son Jesus, if you obey.
Father, thank you for giving me the perfect example to emulate in the person of your Son, Jesus. You tested him again and again throughout his earthly life. Lucifer tempted him after 4o days of fasting, so we know he was hungry, thirsty, tired, and wanting of creature comforts in the flesh. Yet, he never gave in to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, or the pride of life. Jesus, you countered every volley from the enemy with the Word of Life given to us by our Father. He doesn’t lead us into temptation nor tempt us because he is not a man that he should lie. No, he puts situations before us that may allow temptation to arise during the testing, but any desire acted upon originated within the hearts of mankind. Father, again I thank you for the wisdom you impart to us through the Holy Spirit that we may know when we’re being tested and to know that any temptation that occurs is not from you. Help us to overcome our weaknesses and stay the course through obedience to you. Your Word states that you will walk with us through the fire and the waves. You won’t let us down or stumble without picking us back up and setting us aright. May your will be done and no other. In Jesus’ name, Amen.