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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
04

Tests

Wayne Cordeiro

Scripture
"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)
Observation
His disciples found themselves in betwixt and in between, and painted into a corner. Lunchtime arrived, and 5000 people were hungry. The disciples, who were in charge of logistics, found themselves without provisions. Jesus questioned them, and they were stuck.

But the Miracle Worker already had a plan, but He allowed them to be to be put into this situation in order to test them.

Tests examine the metal we are made of. They determine the tinsel strength of our character. They make us dig deep and our true motives surface. Most people disdain tests, but every student is familiar with them.

But contrary to opinion, the goal of tests is not to get good grades. It's to gain wisdom.

You see, you can pass a test, but still not learn anything. You can weasel your way out of something, get your way, and you end up MORE the fool because of it. On the other hand, you can fail a test, and become wiser. You squeeze the lesson from the mistake and walk away a little more mature.
Application
Life is the classroom. Wisdom is the teacher. The Bible is the instruction manual.

Wisdom will not allow you to cut corners, even though you think you already gotten away with it.

Wisdom is a benevolent teacher, but if crossed, she becomes an impartial taskmaster who plays no favorites. You will be caught off guard and disqualified simply because she called and you refused to answer.

Isaiah 48:10 says: "Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction."

In this verse, the Hebrew word for "tested" is bachar. That word means chosen or selected. This tells us that God selects His best, not from a resume nor from a letter of recommendation. We are chosen by how well we fare in the furnaces. And if we do well, we will hear a chorus of resound form heaven as God graduates us to a higher level of wisdom.
Prayer
Dear Father:

Thank you so much for Your Wisdom. I will be the best student I can be. Please teach me, and please find in me a depository of Your wisdom and a welcome place for Your Spirit.

Devotions for August 04

2 Kings 22
2 Chronicles 34
John 6

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