I threw the coveralls and snow boots in the back of the van, just in case I had to change a flat tire. Our tires are good, but I would be transporting my sister-in-law and her grandchildren. I don’t take chances when the temperatures are in the teens.

After church, we had just hit the city limits when a tire warning light dinged. For a half of a second, I thought about pulling over and checking the tires. Then I decided I would not live in fear, I would trust God to get us home and let David check the tires.

We made it safely home in the comfort of a warm van. I took the coveralls and boots back into the house. I believe it was a test, but I stood on 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity . . .” New Living Translation


Today we read about Othniel, the first judge of Israel.

Joshua 3:9, 10, “But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he became Israel’s judge. He went to war against King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram, and the Lord gave Othniel victory over him.” New Living Translation

It says God raised Othniel up, but he didn’t pick him randomly. He had already been tested. Othniel attacked and captured the town of Kiriath-sepher or Debir. Caleb rewarded him with marriage to his daughter, Acsah (see Judges 1:11-15).

Another test may come today. The only way to pass the test is to stand on a Bible verse. This is why we memorize Bible verses. When you read the Bible every day, those verses get into your spirit. When faced with a test, ask God to bring a verse to your memory.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for getting us safely home last night. Those kids sure had a good time. Help me to pass the next test I face.

In Jesus Name,


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