The Trial of your faith
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7
God wants to bring us to a state in our experiences where we exalt Him as God alone, so at times to humble us, to prove us, to know what is in our hearts, whether we will keep all His commandments, which is to have him as God alone, our faith is tried.
What we do, when we are tried and tested will either exalt YHWH as God alone or exalt creation as god with God (This is the depth of Satan-the very first sin in the universe). But Christ has already shown us, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24.
As the children of Israel were tested in the wilderness for forty years, YHWH preserved and sustained them. We are told, “Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.” That YHWH “brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint… fed thee in the wilderness with manna…” Deuteronomy 8:4, 15-16. While YHWH proved them for forty years he was very nigh them. He did not forsake His people; He was ever there to uphold them with His right hand. So likewise when we are tested and tried YHWH is very near to keep and sustain us. The Children of Israel made many mistakes throughout their journey in the wilderness. So much they exalted creation as god with God and forgot to keep His commandments, they forgot God. This prevented them from receiving the blessing of entering into the promise land. They failed of the saints’ reward.
Your testing might not be like that of the Children of Israel. However, whatever is the nature of your trial, the same principles are set forth. Will we keep all God’s commandments exalting Him as God alone or will we break the commandments, thus exalting creation as God with God? The former we must ensure is our experience during the trial of your faith.
This is based on reading Deuteronomy chapter 8.
By Sis. Karima Parris