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February 13, 2014

God invites us to test Him

by Dave Malnes

“Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty.”  (Malachi 3:10)

Welcome to Paradise by Richard Pomella

Welcome to Paradise by Richard Pomella

Upon viewing pictures of winter landscapes and seeing vast layers of fresh snow, I can’t help but place myself there. High up in the mountains. Viewing jagged peaks from afar. Seeing wisps of my breath in the crisp cold air. Those are moments I want to hold on to and recapture in this busy life. For in those moments of peace, I find balance. For in those quiet moments, I find purpose.

I am reminded of who I am — my identity in Christ. And my purpose — to glorify God.

When the pressures and busyness of life tend to stain my perspective, when the snow around me gets crusty and dirty, the Holy Spirit knows when to sprinkle down a fresh layer of snow in my life. For in that layer there is freshness in purity.

Perhaps that is why God paints such imagery in sharing our status for those who have placed their trust in His promises.

He remembers our sins no more.

As far as the east is from the west….

For as high as the heavens are above the earth…

And though my sins are like scarlet — they shall be as white as snow.

In purity, sins are forgotten.

If that is how God views and defines us — then perhaps that is how we ought to view ourselves.

If God sees us like the picture above — pure, white, refreshing — then the stains that we see in our life are washed away.

And when we encounter doubt and struggle to take Him at His Word, God says, “Test me in this.”

God invites us to give everything over to Him.

These words from the Old Testament prophet Malachi were given to the Israelites as encouragement to offer God the offerings and tithes He prescribed for His people. Not that God needed them, but this is a way of exercising trust that God will provide. Giving sacrificially was a conscious and deliberate way of exercising faith and truly worshiping Him. By giving sacrificially, you experience God on a whole new level. Your trust in Him is renewed when you discover that God is reliable, trustworthy, and good.

“Test me in this.”

Trust God that He forgives you. The stains you see in your life — God has removed. The stumbles you have made — God has picked you up.

He sees what we cannot. He views our past, our present, and our future as new fallen snow.

Sacrificially give our anxieties, worries, problems, and circumstances over to God. That means we no longer hoard them, nor claim ownership in them. It means that by turning all of them over to God, He will take ownership and use them far better than we can. And if you may be struggling in turning over ownership, God says,

“Test me in this.”

And wait till you read the rest of the verse.

“And see if I will not throw open the flood gates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

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