Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Matthew 4 : 7
Jesus does a good job in backing up things he has said with things from the Old Testament. This way no one listening can say that they are exempt from whatever lesson he is teaching. In this instance, this teaching is being pulled from Deuteronomy 6. The greatest commandment has just been given, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” The passage from Deuteronomy goes on to remind the Israelites of all God has provided for them, and then goes on to tell the Israelites to not test God.
Here we have the same command. When we test something or someone, there is usually a thought in the background that this thing or that person won’t come through. They won’t fulfil the purpose they are supposed to fulfil. But, if there is one thing we know about the Lord, God comes through. God does not forget us.
There might be times in our lives when we might feel like God has forgotten us. We have probably experienced some loneliness, hurt, anxiety, and a list of other emotions which have left us wondering where God is in the midst of this time. While we still find ourselves in this time, our call is to trust in the Lord, and remember the greatest commandment to love God.
Prayer: Amazing God, we give you thanks that you never leave or forsake us. You are a faithful God, who walks with us through our lives. Help us to trust in you, both in the good times and even more in the bad times. Remind us of your faithfulness so that we can share that good news with people in this time when we so need to hear it.
Action: When you find yourself doubting in someone or thinking that someone, even God has forgotten you, or is failing you, instead of testing them or getting angry with them, reach out to them. Be in communication.