Life has good and bad stuff going on in it.
Bad stuff is often seen as a test.
Some even blame God for the testing bad stuff, which may or may not be true at any given time.
What often escapes our thinking is that the absence of bad stuff could be just as much of a test.
King Hezekiah’s story is told to us three times in the Old Testament.
Hezekiah got sick, prayed to God, and God granted him 15 more years of life.
Sweet! Hezekiah was so pleased with his recovery that when visiting guys came to congratulate him on his health, he showed them all his treasures.
Soon those visiting guys became bad guys who took all his stuff. Pride goes before destruction.
Jeremiah warned besieged Jerusalem that the brief reprieve of the Babylonian attack was temporary, they’d be back and finish the job they started.
Jerusalem and their false prophets didn’t believe him. They all got wiped out.
Many assume that a healing or an infusion of cash was a great intervention by God.
It could be.
It could also be a test to see if you want God or if you just want problems to go away.
Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.