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This Is Only a Test

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. John 6:5-6 NIV

God tests me. Does He test you too? I'm so thankful that He put these types of stories in the bible for me to see how He works. He presents something to you and then waits.

I have often told my children and audiences across the country, "You may not have control over the crazy driver who cut you off on the way to work, but you have 100% control over how you react to it."

So God throws something unexpected in my path then waits to see how I react. It isn't that He is wanting to see if I will slip up so He can play the, "Ah-ha, gotcha!" game. No, it is to see if I will put my total trust in Him. He tests me to see if I have learned the lesson.

I've been called thick. Thick-headed; thick-skinned; and generally thick in areas where my Levi's fit a bit too snug. So it is no wonder I am like Philip in this story. Can't you just see Jesus' face when He poses the question? I think there was a little anticipation in His eyes, as if to say, "Come on Philip, you can do this."

He gives me opportunities each day to believe the absolute majesty of who He is and yet I too often see the insurmountable roadblock instead. It is a test.

This morning I saw the sunrise with the love of my life, Dwight. We sat in reverent silence as we saw the sky burst open with brilliant hues. It took my breath away. Stripes of orange and teal and dark pink morphed into Carolina baby blue, pastel pink and salmon. God was showing off and we loved watching it.

He reminded me at that moment that He was pleased with a test that was passed this weekend.

Any tests in your life lately? How are you doing?

Father, You alone know our road and the roadblocks that are placed there. When we see the impassable, You say, "Do you trust Me?" When we see the immovable, You say, "Did I move the Red Sea?" When we see the treacherous, You say, "Fear not." There is nothing that has slipped past Your sight. You wait in eager anticipation for us to 'get it'. May this be the day we do. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

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