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EXODUS 16:4: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the
people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk
in My law or not.”
Many tests come in the guise of hardship, illness or some other unpleasant experience–but not all of
them. The good times can be just as much a test as the bad times.
When the people of Israel reached the Wilderness of Sin, they were unable to find food. This hot,
barren wasteland offered nothing that would sustain a multitude of people. But God used this
experience to test His children and teach them to trust Him.
He graciously supplied a heavenly food that looked like a dewdrop, which the people called “manna.”
This miraculous gift was more than just a blessing, however. It was also God’s test to see whether
they would walk in His law or not.
Being obedient in the midst of plenteous blessings is often more difficult than when we are
experiencing a multitude of difficulties. Pleasures can easily dull our spiritual ears so we no longer
hear the Lord saying, “This is the way, walk in it” (Isa. 30:21).
A lack of trials lulls us into a false sense of security and leaves us vulnerable to the attacks of Satan.
It’s no wonder that some people claim it’s easier to survive poverty than wealth. Agur, the writer of
Proverbs 30 prayed, “Feed me with the food You prescribe for me; lest I be full and deny You, and
say, ‘Who is the Lord?'” (vv. 8-9).
If you are experiencing a time of blessing, that’s wonderful–but be sensitive to the potential for
danger. Testing doesn’t stop just because the trials have ceased. The need for obedience is constant
whether the sun shines or not.

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