Temptations, trials and tests come to all of us. Their goal is to separate us from the love of God. Now when I speak of being separated from the love of God, I’m not talking about God turning His back on us because of our failure to successfully pass through temptations, trials or tests. I’m talking about us turning our backs on God when we’re being tested.
My question is intended to get you to look inward to analyze your level of commitment to God. What is it that will cause you to give up, cave in and quit on God and His Word when temptations, trials and tests rear their ugly heads?
The life of Joseph
Joseph is my favorite biblical personality. For years it seemed like Joseph got one raw deal after another. From being betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers to being locked away in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, it seemed like God had forsaken Joseph. Yet throughout his life he never turned his back on God. You can say that Joseph stood steadfast in his faith in God. When temptations, trials and tests came his way you can say that Joseph passed the test. Nothing that happened in his life could separate him from his love of God.
The life of Job
Most Christians are familiar with the trials and tribulations of Job. Yet in all his losses, nothing could separate him from his love of God. In fact, at one point Job said “though He slay me, yet will I serve Him”.
Like any other goal that we stretch toward in life, success must first come with a quality decision to reach our goal. Without first making the conscious decision to dedicate our lives to the things of God, we will be blown with the wind like fallen leaves every time a storm arises in our lives.
These men made the quality decision that regardless of how things looked in their lives, they weren’t going to turn their backs on God. The end result in the lives of both these men was that God manifested Himself in miraculous ways and blessed them beyond measure.
Holding on with everything within you
I remember Pop-Warner football practice as a kid. One of the drills the coach put us through was the take-away drill. This drill consisted of 1 kid holding onto the football and 5-6 other kids trying to take the football away from the holder. The purpose of the drill was to train the kid holding the football to tuck it away and hold onto it with dear life. Holding onto that football could mean the difference between winning and losing in a game situation.
This drill resulted in scratches, scrapes, bruises, sore muscles and a little blood every now and then, but a successful drill meant the kid holding onto the football was able to hold into it for the full 2-3 minutes of the drill.
So. I’d like to ask you again, what’s going to separate you from the love of God? What hardship in life has the ability to pry God’s Word out of your heart? What’s going to get you to walk away saying, “The Word of God doesn’t work for me?” What’s going to cause you to give up, cave in and quit on God and His Word?
Temptations, trials and tests within the household.
The devil knows how to hit you where it hurts. Most of us can withstand an attack from outside of our family. But what happens when the forces attempting to separate you from the love of God are working within your own household? Will you stand firm and continue on in that which you’ve believed?
Like any other goal that we must stretch toward in life, success must first come with a quality decision to reach our goal. Without first making the conscious decision to dedicate our lives to the things of God, we will be blown with the wind like fallen leaves every time a storm arises in our lives.
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to make the one-time decision that nothing in hell or on earth will separate you from the love of God. No temptation, no trial, no test, no co-worker, no employer, no family member, no sickness or disease, no financial situation…..nothing will separate you from the love of God.
There will be many opportunities for you to give up, cave in and quit, but pass them by. The joy of the end result and the testimony that will accompany your victory at the end of the temptations, trials, and tests will more than out weight the defeat that comes along with allowing yourself to be separated from God and His Word.