When we Trust God with What’s Most Important
With so much uncertainty going on in the world, it begs the question: How do we know when it's God talking to us (1 John 1:4; Hebrews 11:17-19; Genesis 22:1-2)? There are constant messages coming at us from friends, family, coworkers, media, etc. With all of these things pulling us in different directions, it's hard to know if it's a test or a temptation. Tests reveal our weaknesses that need to be reinforced — all so we can fulfill our purposes. Temptation, on the other hand, reveals our weaknesses with the sole purpose of distracting us from the purpose for which we are made. Tests bolster us, and temptations break us. But, as humans, we're not big fans of tests. It relies on us having faith, and faith is forged when we're willing to walk with God through the messy journey (Psalm 23:4). It's in those messy, uncomfortable moments that our faith will be strengthened (James 1:2-4). In those "messy" moments, He shapes our faith so that when we hit future trials, we are ready for them. The Bible shows us that we can and should trust God with what's most important. That's why, in the midst of information overload — an era that's designed to confuse us — it's important we put our trust in the One who holds the world in His hands.
2) How do I know the difference between what is a test and what is a temptation?
3) How is God testing me right now?