Wednesday, July 12th, '17
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
YOU TRUST HIM, YOU NEED NOT TEST HIM
is also written, do not put the Lord your God to the test" (Matthew 4:7 NIV)
The tempter tried a whole new strategy in his
second attack against Jesus. Since Christ was so fond of quoting, "it is
written", the devil decided two could play that game and so hit Him up with a
scripture quote, or at least a close recitation - "If you are the Son of God,
cast yourself down. For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over
you", etc. I have heard that temptation, "Prove it! You claim to be so
spiritual, take the leap!" This is where we need discernment and a good grasp
on "rightly dividing the word of truth". The Book may have promised angelic
intervention but nowhere did it command Jesus or anyone for that matter to jump
off a bridge (in this case, the pinnacle of the temple, 150-feet to the rocks
below). Instead of hearing "the rush of angels' wings", all that would have
echoed through the Kidron Valley below was, "Splat!"
You and I today do not have to prove God's
realness either. "If the Bible says you are healed then throw those chemical
imbalance pills away! I dare you!" Foolishness is not faith. Jesus replied, "It
is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God". If we trust Him, we
need not test Him. God is big enough to vouch for His own credibility. What
good is my endorsement? Yes, "Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, how I've proved
Him o'er and o'er..." I have plenty of miracle stories to tell but my testimony
doesn't add one iota to God's credit report. The Bible is not the one on trial,
the world is.
So I need not make demands, assuming that if
the Bible promises something then God is legally bound to perform in such and
such a way. No, God is sovereign. If He sends His angels, that is His business.
If He heals, I will be here standing in expectation. If He doesn't, I'm not
about to throw my Bible away and go sell Amway products. Since I trust Him, I
don't have to test Him. He makes "everything beautiful in his time"
(Ecclesiastes 3:11), not my time. To jump off the pinnacle is to circumvent
process. We are not called nor privileged to force God's hand. We can pray but
not pry, trust but not put to the test. In other words, we can afford to wait.