A little housekeeping before our "Psalm of the Day". For those of you who've been walking with me in this journey into blog world so far, you'll remember that at the beginning of the year I told you we were going to be going through the Psalms. Well, we are going to continue doing that just in a little different way. The "Psalm of the Day" will now be posted on "Psalm Friday". I'm devoting our times together on Friday to only doing a Psalm. Its seems that the Lord has been showing and teaching me so much lately and I want to be able to share it all with you, so I think Psalm Friday is the answer.
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Now for the "Psalm of the Day"...
“The LORD tests the righteous.” Psalm 11:5a, NKJV
Have you ever been tested by God? How did you receive that time of testing? Did you embrace it or balk at it? Times of testing from the Lord should result in a deeper faith in Him, a more Godly character, and a hope in the God who will sustain us through those times if we stay focused on Him.
Anytime I think about the testing on one’s faith, I can’t help but think about Job. Most would look at his situation- the fact that he lost everything he owned: his oxen, donkeys, sheep, servants, camels, house, sons and daughters, the fact that his health was attacked, his wife told him to curse God and die, and his friends tried to offer comfort, but were clueless as to what was really going on- most would look at all this and say, “Oh, bless his heart!” and shake their heads in pity for him. God didn’t shake His head in pity over Job’s situation, but instead held His head high with much pride in His heart because He knew the heart of His righteous servant Job and He knew Job would remain steadfast and come out of this with a deeper faith and love for Him.
God tests those whom He loves to develop within us patience, purity of heart, and confidence in Him.
The next time God sends a test your way, embrace it- because when all is said and done you will emerge from that time of testing looking more like Jesus.
“but we also glory (rejoice) in tribulations (tests) knowing that the tribulations produces (accomplishes, works fully) perseverance (patience); and perseverance, character (proof of purity of heart) and character, hope (confidence in, faith in).”