The Testing of Yahweh
(#130 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
www.sufferwell.org“Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32)
Can you see it? Look with eternal eyes. Long before Peter’s denial; long before the rooster crowed; long before his restoration; everything had already been decided. “Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.” How beautiful! How utterly perfect! Yes, Satan must get permission to do his work. Just like with Job, and just like Peter, so also with you. “I have prayed for you.” Yes, Yahshua has covered your heart and actions for the testing to come. And please do not ignore; it is an “authorized” testing. “And when you have returned to Me.” Ah, the victory has also already been announced.
Just like the wilderness was “authorized” to humble and test Israyl, to know what was in their hearts, if they would keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 8:2). And long before Israyl had even entered the land or later been banished, their return from captivity (victory) was announced!
So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where Yahweh has banished you, and you return to Yahweh and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today… (Deuteronomy 30:1-2)
When your true heart has been revealed by the testing He authorized, you will then be stronger than ever. You will be able to “strengthen your brother.” Yes, it was always for you and for others. The whole plan was to bless many.
Oh how we praise you Abba. Everything is predetermined for good. Magnanimous are Your ways. Bring us a new key; open the doors and let revelation flood into our souls. Then we will serve you with awe and wonder. So be it!