Gen 42:15Gen 42:15
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
WP-Bible plugin Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
All will be tested. There will be no exemptions. Old Christians, new Christians … the mature and the toddler. The one who has passed many tests and the one who has failed … All will be tested. Many think that the passing of a test means an end to further testing. Rather, it means we are ready for a higher test. Why does God test us? God is omniscient and knows us already … He knows exactly at what stage we are and what we are capable of doing even in the far future. So why does He need to test us?
He tests us to teach us and to allow us to see ourselves. Our tests are like mirrors placed before us that help us to adjust as required. But this mirror probes into the heart and can reflect for us to see what is really deep inside. Our hearts will often deceive us to suggest we are ready for another higher level … until we understand we need to wait to overcome our greed and selfishness. Tests also help us discipline ourselves in study and preparation. A student will probably not read as hard or study the syllabus if he could be offered a medical degree without an examination. But imagine what kind of surgeon such a person will be. Tests encourage us to go deeper into the word of God.
Many deep truths will not have been uncovered or known by you if you had not gone through tough periods of trials. Tests enable us to experience the rare joy of experiencing success. Have you seen a student going to the notice board to check his score soon to be excited that he has passed … and with flying colors? But tests are also God’s brakes … to stop us – when we are going too fast and close to confronting issues we are not ready for. We are full of zeal and will not be stopped. God must arrange a small test … our failure only means we are going too fast … sometimes we just need to slow down and consider some other matters needing attention … like our family or the less privileged we refuse to see. Enjoy the next test and pass with flying colors knowing that … ye shall be proved and the same God who proves us also helps us to pass.
Take the world, but give me Jesus! All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever, Thro’ eternal years the same.
O the height and depth of mercy! O the length and breadth of love!
O the fullness of redemption, Pledge of endless life above!
Take the world, but give me Jesus, Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me I can sing, tho’ billows roll.
Take the world, but give me Jesus! Let me view His constant smile;
Then thro’out my pilgrim journey Light will cheer me all the while.
Take the world, but give me Jesus! In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision, Face to face my Lord I see.
Prayer: O Lord, move me up only as you have tested and found me ready. But help me to be ready. Amen
The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa