Do you put God to the test?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
(Matthew 4:7 (NIV))

How many of us are guilty of doing exactly this?

Let’s face the truth, we all tell God things like, “If you will pay off my debts, I will give to the church,” or “If you will cure me, I will never do anything bad again.”

We are all guilty of doing the very thing that Jesus told us not to do. We test God with no intentions of fulfilling our part of the bargain. Has God ever given you what you ask for when you ask in this manner? He has even told us how we are to approach Him. He has told us what our priorities should be.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
(Matthew 6:33 (NIV))

Seek God first, and He will provide out of His abundance. Test God by asking for something from Him first, and He will respond in a way that you do not want.

Do you put God to the test, or do you seek His kingdom first?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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