Time of testing

Re: Verse reading–Hebrews 3:7-19; 4:1-13 (day six)
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in. . .the time of testing in the desert, when your fathers tested Me.  (3:8-9)  When we were in school, our teachers gave us tests.  Their purpose was not to cause stress or to make us fail.  They simply wanted us to learn and were willing to apply the threat of failure as a motivation.  Our Heavenly Teacher does the same.  To help us learn the lessons of life, He allows stress/challenge/danger in the hope that we will turn to Him and find Him sufficient for all things.  THE lesson!  Failure in this moment amounts to “hardening” of the heart.  An unwillingness to trust/obey, a stubborn self-sufficiency that just ” wants out” of the present pain.  These earn us a big “F”.  The danger is not that God puts us to the test.  The danger is that we, sometimes, return the favor.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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