Faith and Tempting God

Ezra 8:22 is a great verse. It’s not great because it reveals some deep theological truth or doctrine that lifts the spirit. It’s great because it’s a revelation of human nature. One of those passages a guy can relate to.

“For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.”

When you say stuff, you’re sort of bound to act on it! This is OK when it’s easy stuff, like “we’re having pizza for supper.” But when you make bold statements about faith you often find yourself in a hole.

Really? Do you really believe what you just said? Sometimes this is just plain folly, stuff we never should have said. Other times it helps us make real the fuzzy notions in our heads.

Ezra made it. God did come through for him. Ezra believed what he said more now then he did when he said it. We must be careful in crossing the line between faith and tempting God. We should also be careful to do what we say and thus, watch what we say.

One thought on “Faith and Tempting God”

  1. It requires discernment to understand the line between actual faith in the goodness of God, and His will for us, and the silliness of some special entitlement because of who we think we are.

    I’ve tried to watch Joel Osteen several times, because some friends at my old church had said how much they enjoyed his message, but each time I have to turn it off and walk away.

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