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As the nation of Israel traveled from Egypt toward a destination the Lord determined they grew hungry. They had much in the way of livestock, they had much in the way of plunder, but neither was sufficient to keep them strong for the journey. Rather than appeal to the Lord, they complain to and against Moses. The Lord put them to the test (Exodus 16:4). The Scriptures make clear the Lord will tempt no one to do evil (James 1:12), but He will certainly test His servants. Testing is not tempting. Testing is having the relevant information and making use of it – or not! Tempting is nudging, compelling, and/or persuading to do wrong. When we look at events in life as a temptation, perhaps we have misapplied the knowledge given to us. On the other hand, if we look at the events in life as a test, then the answer sheet is right before us (Hebrews 12:1-2).

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