A challenge is seen as a great thing in the world; but Christian interpersonal history dictates that if a believer finds themselves in a challenging situation or a test, the religious spirit guiding most Christian thought, defines it as an act of punishment by God against the person. Yes, people say in the spirit of motivation, “there is no testimony without a test.” Let say, the religious spirit is wrong about the onset of difficulties as God ordained punishment, then it is a reasonable deduction to state that their resolve about God’s blessings are skewed as well. Although, lets not be hasty to leave the discussion of difficulties in our lives just yet.
Challenges are allowed by God and we understand this from the example of Job’s biblical references. Let’s look again at the common statement, “there is no testimony without a test.” This is an accurate statement. The tests are designed to bring about an unshakeable faithfulness in God. The test that ends in punishment is derived from an improper view of God and clearly misappropriating the significance of the test. Instead, a proper perspective of God will identify the tests as His words being written upon the heart of man, engraved with the heat and fire of difficulties that we go through [James 1:2-8]. The challenge then creates the testimony that will never die as one consistently honors God through the difficult seasons in their lives.
One who anticipates success in obtaining the blessing of God will commit to pursue 2 Chronicles 7:14 as a type of mantra in setting themselves apart for the worship and use by our Holy God Yahweh. The verse is a call to repentance which reads, “then, if my people, who bear my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. The word then is highlighted because, as is common with the use of a transition word, the word ‘then’ implies a particular point in time, when an action occurs or condition is met. The action or condition is before the transitional word then to give a clear divide between the action and the expected result.
When we back up and read further we see that the imposition of difficulties are orchestrated by God, for the sole purpose of gaining the attention of those who claim His name. 2Chronicles 7:13, we read God confirming that He has heard the prayer of David, but 13 If I shut up the sky, so that there is no rain; or if I order locusts to devour the land; or if I send an epidemic of sickness among my people;” then, the people will begin to understand it is necessary for them as bearers of God’s name to also keep God’s commandments. The will of God is the true test to us. God’s will is laid out in His Torah and obedience to His words (Torah) brings the blessing.
Rabbi Messer gave us the goals or skills to develop during this season of Counting the Omer as follows:
1. Say what God wants to hear (Psalm 119: 1-8)
2. Speak expectations not experience (Psalm 119: 9-16).
3. Picture your desired future (Psalm 119: 17-24).
4. Listen to people of wisdom (Psalm 119: 25-32).
5 Teach your tongue respect (Psalm 119: 33-40).
6. Talk to yourself and speak to who you are (Psalm 119: 41-47).
7. Pursue wisdom (Psalm 119: 48-56).
The first week of counting the Omer challenges us to adjust our knowledge of who we are in Christ and put it into action. There is a responsibility for all who claim the name of the Lord . When we claim His name we also claim His characteristics. Our conduct must align with our confession.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C.