God created a man (and a woman) for
earth’s population who could recognize Him,
respond to His Love and allow Him to guide and
direct them for the rest of their lives. He also
gave them the ability to accept or reject their
God. God’s Love for man demanded that he have
free will and not be just a puppet whose strings
were pulled by God’s Kingdom.
Angels were made available as
“ministering spirits” for earth’s inhabitants, but
their ministering could be ignored, and man could
drag himself away from their protection. His
decision to reject the relationship that God
provided and intended would lead man to his own
To enable man to have godly pursuits,
God made Himself known to man by His Word. In the
beginning of creation, the Word was audible and
passed to each generation verbally; but eventually
as man recorded God’s Word it became available to
the whole world in written form, inspired by the
Holy Spirit who makes the Word recognizable as
God’s “voice.” His Word is more than an
arrangement of letters of the alphabet; it is the
inspired written voice of God Himself.
As Man became acquainted with God
through His Word, he was expected to implement a
two-way conversation with God. In fact, God not
only expected it, He greatly desired it and looked
forward to a close relationship with Man. In
spite of the “disconnect” in the Garden of Eden
when Man listened to Satan and lost that intimacy
with Him, God’s desire didn’t diminish. A plan
was already in place to thwart Satan’s destructive
attempt to win Man away from God.
The plan involved the dearest thing in
God’s heart—His son! The oneness of the
Trinity evidenced itself when God, the Holy Spirit,
caused a young lady to become pregnant with God,
the Son, to fulfill the will of God, the Father.
They were all with one accord in the plan to
redeem Man and restore the relationship God
intended from the beginning of earth’s creation.
To enable Man to know Him better, God
brought tests periodically to Man to motivate him
to get to know God by learning everything he could
about His Kingdom. He made His Word available to
Man with explicit instructions, expectations,
methods of communication, praise and worship—all
of which would enhance the God-Man relationship
and assure Man of help on earth and a home in
Heaven. God didn’t need to test Man so He
would know how faithful Man would be; being
omniscience, He already
knew. He tested Man so Man would know his
weaknesses and where he was vulnerable in order to
allow God to shore up the places of danger where
Satan could slip into Man’s life and draw him away
from God into destruction.
How can we tell if we are being
“tested” by God or “tempted” by Satan?
Holy Spirit is gentle; God woos. Satan pushes.
God provides opportunity to choose; Satan says,
“Just do it--now; don’t worry about consequences
until later.” Well, he is more subtle than that,
but essentially that is what he means no matter
how he says it to our mind. He will use the
method that works best with each individual.
God tests Man with the goal of maturity
and strength; He NEVER tempts Man with sinful
intent! Satan tempts Man with sinful intent with
destruction as his ultimate goal. We can’t blame
God when we are tempted to sin! “But every man is
tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust,
and enticed (James 1:14). God’s “school” is to
teach us to be more like Him, not conformed to
Consider life as a classroom and the
Holy Spirit its teacher. God’s textbook library
is complete for every lesson. He brings
experiences to us that are to send us to His
library again and again to learn more about how to
act and react to the lesson.
Our responsibility: Be faithful in
testing and wisely aware of Satan’s temptations!
Therein is our victory!
To Be Like Jesus
To be like Jesus, to be like
All I ask is to be like Him.
Through this hard trial from
earth to glory
Oh how I long to be like
(Author unknown to me)