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“Do not be afraid. Go has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”Exodus 20:20
Do know know what Moses said to the crowd after God spoke the Ten Commandments to him…
Ten Commandment Test: Devotion Day 36
The chapters in today’s reading in Exodus include the Ten Commandments. While there is certainly plenty we could discuss from that alone, it’s what Moses said to the people after God spoke the Ten Commandments to him that stuck me most.
“God has come to test you so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
I’ve often heard that God will not test us, so this surprised me initially. “Test” in this verse is the Hebrew word “Nasah” and generally “carries the idea of testing the quality of someone or something through stressful circumstances.” Essentially, it’s a refinement of character.
But within the same verse, Moses explains why: not to punish us but to protect us.
As the mom of teenagers, I recognize boundaries don’t often feel loving, but that’s exactly what they are: guardrails. Some may look upon the Ten Commandments as harsh, or perhaps even varying widely in their severity. But I choose to see them as God’s way of helping us to make the best decisions to live life to the fullest.
He doesn’t force us to live a certain way, but through his word, he has given us the roadmap for how to live an abundant life.
Once A Day Chronological Bible Reading Plan & Devotion
Scripture: Exodus 19:1-21:36
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