February 20

…that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. Exodus 16:4

God is allowed to do what He wills, and He chooses in His divine pleasure to test us, to teach us to know our own hearts, and to lead us to abandon the way of self and unbelief and to follow His will.  God has not got some strange plan – He is longing for us to live in a trusting, childlike obedience to Him.  His ways are ways of love, and the New Testament teaches that the Spirit of God will lead us to walk in perfect love.  Don’t explain away the promptings of love in your heart, for God is leading us to know and obey His wonderful love, that can express itself through us as we yield to Him.  God has not prepared hoops for us to jump through, but situations where we can be channels to express His love.  God is leading us to know His love and to be united with Him in His love.  To know the touch of His love and the leading of His love is the greatest blessing we can know.  “If you love Me, keep my commandments” – John 14:15.