Thursday, January 31, 2013
Today’s Topic: Put Them to the Test
Today’s Text: Psalm 119:140 (NLT) Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much.
I haven’t seen one for a long time, but it used to be that in every pair of new pants I would buy there would be a little white piece of paper in one of the pockets. On it were printed the words “Inspected by” followed by a number or a name. It was the manufacturer’s promise of quality control.
I also noticed that mechanical devices are stamped with a symbol like this – Underwriters Laboratories is a safety consulting and certification company established in 1894 and has participated in the safety analysis of many of the last century’s new technologies, most notably the public adoption of electricity and the drafting of safety standards for electrical devices and components. Their stamp on devices we purchase is a promise of quality control because we know they have been thoroughly tested.
There is a difference between inspecting and testing. I’m pretty sure that Rudy, the pants inspector, didn’t personally try on every pair of pants that passed by him. My pants weren’t tested, but they were inspected. However, the new microwave or refrigerator or television was plugged in and tested prior to packaging – at least it would be by a reputable company.
When we purchase something, it comes with certain expectations of performance. We love things that work, and we get frustrated at things that don’t live up to the sales pitch. Several years ago, when a good friend of mine left for the mission field, he left some things at my house that he couldn’t take with him. He left a very nice rechargeable air pump with several other options built in. He said he wanted me to keep it for him. After a year of looking at it, I finally decided I needed to use it. I plugged it in, and after 24 hours came back to use it. It didn’t work. The battery would not charge. It was worthless. Sorry Dudley.
I was disappointed. It was a nice unit, but it did not fulfill the expectations it had promised. The same can be said about the Axe body spray he left behind. Not all things can do what the creator of them says they can do.
But there is a Creator who faithfully and completely fulfills promises. He has appointed us testers of them. His very nature eliminates the need for testing, and yet He says “Put them to the test.” When we do, we discover what the Psalmist was able to say when he wrote, “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30 ESV) King Solomon wrote, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” (Proverbs 30:5 ESV)
Every promise of God has been thoroughly tested by the fire of God’s holiness. Now it is time for us to test them so that we can say we truly love them.
Yesterday, as I was communicating with a friend about a trial of fire he was passing through, I wrote something to him that caught my attention. That happens a lot with me because I trust the Holy Spirit so much to give me the right words to say, so that when something comes out its as much a surprise to me as to the people who hear it. Here’s what God said – “Every day holds God’s glory, and is designed by Him to build our faith so we can see it.” Every day is filled with fiery tests that are designed by God so that we can test His promises. Once thoroughly tested, we will love the promises, and we will love the Promisor more.
What is God doing in your life right now that is His invitation for you to test His promises?