This is probably going to be a controversial post, given that, at times, we all test God. The truth is that since the Lord is so attentive to our prayers, and tells us to pray without ceasing, if we pray for what lines up with His will, we should be sure to receive as we ask. But, if we do otherwise, we are more likely to have Him silent for our own good. For example, do you think God would respond with yes to ‘a kill-me prayer’? Is that His will? Does he kill people? Isn’t it the Devil? Of course, only the enemy is happy with that request; if it’s ever granted, it’s the Devil’s answer. In a nutshell, since the Lord loves you, He’d rather keep you from suicide than expose you to it. Every evil prayer will not be granted by God. What do you think Jesus was saying in Matthew 7:9-11 when wondering the possibility of asking for a loaf of bread but be given a stone instead?
How often do you feel tempted to put God to the test? Ever since the world was created, the devil, upon defeating the humankind, has always enticed people to put God to the test. This could also be linked to temptation. The loving God always warns His creatures of the danger of falling short of his glory. To Adam and Eve, He warned of losing the gift of eternal life. Notwithstanding the warning, they put God to the test and, as a result, did fall. Adam might have said, “God, I am falling; hold me up!” And the answer, in the light of the Scriptures, was this: “No help from me; down to the pit!” Despite the forgiveness, their sin has had far-reaching repercussion.
Lot’s wife received the warning with regards to the future destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Initially, all seemed everything was going to go well; she might have thought to herself, “I am saved from the destruction thanks to the warning.” During the exile to other safe areas, she, however, looked back to her devastated riches and thus turned into a pillar of salt. What was she thinking about? Wasn’t this–“Oh Lord, save my estate”–that burned her to ashes? Let’s suppose you love and have a large sum of money, but, while flying, it suddenly all flies away. Would you venture into the sky in an attempt to grasp it? Amid the loss, you would certainly cry out to God as you feel your death looming in the sky. “Oh God, hold me up onto the plane again!” you’d cry. But the answer would be precisely the same as that of Lot’s wife: “No, you die with it!” Why would you go insane for the sake of money?
The enemy will use every possible device to deceive you into putting God to the test until your eternal loss. This is what he attempted to do to Jesus in the wilderness. There were many stages of temptation, but let me focus on the overt test: “…If you are the Son of God, Jump off! For the Scriptures say, He will order his angels to protect you and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone” Luke 4:9-11 NLT. Here, the devil distorted the Scriptures so as to deceive our Lord into testing the Father. Thankfully, Jesus, knowing the trick, told him off and explained the right meaning of the verse:
“Scriptures say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” v12
Will you understand this and thus not give way to the temptation? Or will you test God and fall?