In a time of divided loyalties, who deserves your loyalty and trust? Our loyalties are the product of our values and what we esteem highly. For those who profess a belief in the Creator God, it is God alone who deserves our loyalty first and foremost, for he is loyal and can be trusted. Yet, in reading many biblical accounts, it is evident that God tests the loyalty of those who follow him.
God declared to Abraham that through his son Isaac, the covenant relationship and the way of the Lord would be preserved. So how was Abraham going to react when he was challenged by God to offer his son – his only son and the heir of promise – as a sacrifice? This was a great test of loyalty. Would God fulfill his promise?
God had promised that he would lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the promised land. So, how would the people react when they heard the spies negative report on the nature of the land of Canaan? Would they trust in God who had just delivered them from Egyptian slavery through powerful miracles? Would they be loyal to God and act in faith, trusting God’s promise?
God had Jeremiah and Baruch warn the people of Judah to repent and return to him so they would avoid national disaster and the destruction of Jerusalem? Would they be loyal to God, or would they act rashly based on their fears.
Consider also the life of Peter, for he declared his undying loyalty to Christ, and yet failed to live up to his words when his loyalty was severely tested. And yet his example gives us hope, and some lessons to consider in our walk with God, so that we will remain loyal when tested.
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