Posted on May 16, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call

Remember those school days when tests were used to determine our grades for a class, at least in part? Remember how we prepared and studied for them, at least in part?  Then we graduated high school, college, university, or seminary and thought with relief, “I’m so glad that is over.”  But is it?

I read a book by Erwin Lutzer called “Getting to NO: How to Break a Stubborn Habit.”[i] I was only a few chapters in, but already it was having an impact on me. Lutzer poses the question regarding temptation, “…why doesn’t God keep one step ahead of us, defusing the land mines along our path?” He continues with a few suggestions as to HOW God could do it. God could ban Satan. God could dampen our passions. God could rearrange schedules allowing us to avoid tempting situations. God can do anything so why doesn’t He make temptation easier to overcome?

Yeah!! I thought to myself, why doesn’t God make temptation less, you know … tempting?

Lutzer offers 3 possible reasons for temptation:

  1. To test our loyalty
  2. To develop our character
  3. To display God’s grace and power

The very first one really struck me and prompted me to look up various examples of God’s testing in the Bible – a test of loyalty.

“Behold , I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them whether they will walk in my law or not.” Ex 16:4
“And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2
“For the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 13:3-4
“But you, O Lord, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you.” Jeremiah 12:3
Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind.” Psalm 26:2

As I mulled over Lutzer’s premise I took a good look at my life.  Do I pass the test? Am I loyal to the LORD Jesus Christ? Not do I LOOK loyal but am I actually loyal?  Do my choices and obedience declare my loyalty to the One True God? Or not?

How are you doing? Are you passing the tests? Are you loyal to the King?


Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

Think About This: “Sometimes you must stand still in order to get moving to where God wants you to go.” – D.A. McBride

The Daily Bible Reading:  2 Samuel 18, Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61You can download our 2023 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;” – Hebrews 1:1-2

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