A couple of days ago, I said that God doesn’t test us. I probably need to clarify that a little.
I believe that God does not test us with poverty, cancer, or things that are part of the curse (the things that came into this world as a result of the fall of man). I stand behind this. However, there are tests that God gives us so we can see where we’re at, and where we need to improve. I’m going to write about some of these tests over the next few days.
The first test is what I call the “words test”. In Matthew 12:33-37, Jesus tells us that out of the abundance (KJV; NIV says “overflow”) of what’s in our heart is our mouth speaks, and that our words will acquit or condemn us.
Are we speaking positive, or negative? Are we praising God for what He’s done and what we believe He will do? Or are we constantly saying “Why me? When, God?” and the like.
Are we criticizing our friends, enemies, neighbors, co-workers, boss, parents, or friends at church? (Either to their face – or behind their back?) Or are we sparse and honest with our criticism and correction, and lavish with our praise?
Everyone – God and man – can tell what attitudes are inside our hearts by what we’re staying. What are our heart attitudes today?