Testing

The lightning woke me up.

I worried about the desk-top computer. We lost a CPU during a lightning storm a few years ago. I unplugged everything.

The next morning the CPU would not turn back on.

David was understandably irritated; he had asked me to leave it plugged in. I told him it was probably just updating. He tried twice more to turn it on that day with no results.

The next night, I saw he had the cover off of the CPU and the vacuum sweeper out. Figuring that meant we would be getting a new computer, I headed for the shower.

Back on the couch in my pajamas, I asked God why he tested us in this. (This is the second time it has happened.)

He replied, “Would you rather be going through the testing of Job?”

I immediately repented.

David shouted from the office in the back of the house, “It turned on!”

Everything is a test.

1 Kings 10:1, “When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, which brought honor to the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.” New Living Testament

Solomon passed the test of wisdom, verse 1, 3. The spices were a test of gluttony. The gold was a test of money. The jewels were a test of vanity.

But Solomon failed the marriage test. He did not marry a woman who shared his faith. He had a weakness for princesses. He married 700 women of royal birth. They turned his heart away from God, see 1 Kings 11:3, 4.

It cost his son most of the kingdom, see 1 Kings 11:11-13.

Dear Father God,

Thank you for reminding me that my test is mild compared to the things others are going through. Thank you for the reminder that the only fame worth having is the fame which brings honor to the Name of the Lord. Help me to pass my test today.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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