In the world but not of it

May 13, 2010

Go ahead, try Me…

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Try it! Put me to the test! Malachi 3:10b

In Malachi 3:6-15 there is a portion of scripture that relates to a call to repentance. The Lord addresses the nation of Israel and declares His mercy and patience and then proceeds to remind them that they willingly chose to follow their own desires rather than God.

To read it is to see that this same dialogue would be no different today if the Lord were to speak to the nations of the world. Man’s sin nature never changes but then again God never changes either. He begins this portion in verse six with the statement “I am the LORD, and I do not change”…

But the challenge He puts out there for all of us is to commit ourselves to Him and to see whether or not He is faithful to take care of us. The problem is that so often people that profess to know Him have not really taken that next step to trust Him. Their private lives do not differ much from the lives of unbelievers. They compromise and settle for less than what the Lord desires for them.

Yet God, perhaps in His passionate expression, even says to put Him to the test. Go ahead, step out once and for all, wholeheartedly and see whether or not He will let you down. We mask our hesitancy to trust Him with words like fear but it all stems from pride. It all comes from the belief that God is not big enough to provide for us and protect us.

Putting God to the test is not a gamble or a lottery. It does not concern material gain or worldly prosperity. While those things may be a piece of what He has for someone, the intent is for the Lord to demonstrate what He can do in the life of a person who will finally and wholly commit themselves to Him…

Perhaps you struggle with taking that final step but know this…“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”


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