Proving The Lord
Our wonderful Lord wants us to know Him. He wants us to know that His will is wonderful. He wants us to know that His will for each of us is wonderful. He wants us to know His capabilities are wonderful.
Malachi 3:10: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
The Hebrew definitions for that word prove are investigate, examine, prove, tempt, try, trial. The word tempt seems out of place as one of those definitions. Webster*s definition of tempt: To draw into a wrong or foolish course of action. The Bible forbids tempting God and says that He cannot be tempted. Mortals do try to draw God into a wrong or foolish course of action. They try to get Him to do what they want. Those attempts ALWAYS fail. God absolutely never does anything wrong or foolish. Tempting God is an attempt to change Him while proving God is an attempt to know Him.
Deuteronomy 6:16: Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
James 1:13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
The other definitions are easy to be understood and appropriate to carry out. Investigate, examine, prove, try and trial are all appropriate means of knowing Him and everything about Him.
1 Kings 10:1: And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.
I believe the queen came to prove both Solomon AND His Lord. She had a sincere curiosity about the Lord and it was satisfied. I believe she wanted a relationship with Solomon*s Lord and He fulfilled her desire.
1 Kings 10:4-9: And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon*s wisdom, and the house that he had built, And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.
We are benefitted when we see the heights to which we can aspire in our own relationship with the Lord. As Christians we all ought to have a strong desire to have a better relationship with Him. It is possible for us to have a wonderful relationship with Him without examples of others but it is easier to have a better relationship with Him if we see others having that. We are helped by observing His people and learning what they know about Him and what He has done to them and for them. Our relationship with God is made better according to how well we know Him. We can know Him better by examining His people.
I have often been aware that people who know the Lord well had a godly father. Children automatically investigate and examine their fathers. When we observe loving fathers or children responding to their father*s love it is a picture of a right relationship with God.
God gives us the privilege of investigating Him and examining Him. When we do that with an open mind, He always passes the test with flying colors. If our testing Him is an attempt to control Him or dishonor Him it won*t work. If we already know His will, testing Him over and over to get a different answer will not work. If we are looking for a way to disobey Him He won*t provide it. If the Bible is clear about His will in a particular thing we should not test him in that thing. The oftener we see God passing tests the more we are helped to trust Him.
Psalm 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Joshua 21:45: There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
It is sometimes a sin not to test the Lord. It is always a sin to avoid seeking to know Him. Wicked king Ahaz pretended that he would dishonor God by testing Him. The fact is he did not test the Lord because he did not want the will of the Lord.
Isaiah 7:10-12: Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
If we are willing to seek it and obey it, God will show us His will. He will lead us in His will and lead us in the right way. The plain fact is that we desperately need His will and His guidance and they are available to us. We are lost without them. The most essential things that we need to know about God are His will and that His will is good.