What we see here, is a fantastic example of the wisdom of God. Just like a scientist has a hypothesis and then tests to see whether such things are so, essentially God gives us a similar procedure, and seemingly uses such a procedure himself. Are we saved? God will prove you. Are we doing what God says? prove yourself by the word. The word prove, seemingly means to both test, and confirm the questions that we have. As the verse below shows."Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thess 5:21Here God shows us, that as he proves us, we must prove all things ourselves. This is divine wisdom! It refers to both secular and religious things, test other people, test their words against their actions. Test religion to see that it fits with God's word, and if it does not..flee from it! This exhortation is so massively encompassing that it proves the wisdom of God. Even God says "Come let us reason together", he's not a God of ignorance, but a God of knowledge, who has no qualms that he will be proven right no matter what the circumstances or the method of analysis.
"And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not." Exodus 20:20
God has come to prove us! Is that not as evident today as it was back in the days of Moses? We have a multitude of bible versions, churches that are falling into sin like never before, and Pastors that don't stand by the word but by a famous preacher's commentary! This is why this post is here, to tell you simply and honestly that if we don't stand by the wisdom of God, we will fall too!
"And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no." Deut 8:2See how prove not only means to confirm but to test us, to 'try' us, tried by fire?
By such tests and trials, whether it be cancer, or financial failings, or by persecution, the truth of our hearts will be tested. God's analysis of us is far greater, and far more consuming than scientific analysis.
Follow God's wisdom, and we will be safe, spiritually as well as physically. It may sound crazy to say that when staying with God can lead to death. But imagine the stupidity of a man who will fornicate because of his foolishness, or even deny God, hate him and become a reprobate. God's proving exists in various trials and tribulations:
"And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses." Judges 3:4Just as the Queen of Sheba did the same to Solomon:
"And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart." 2Chronicles 9:1
Then we have the exhortations of Paul, which give us the right formula of wisdom, to prove ourselves, to prove what is good, and that by testing against the word, we saved, eternal children of God will know exactly how to live, and exactly how to act!
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 2 Corinthians 13:5
"But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another." Galatians 6:4
"And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless." 1 Timothy 3:10
Not only do we have the good testing of God every now and again, as he brings out the good in us, but we have that same formula handed to us, we call it the scientific method. Hypothesis -> Testing -> Conclusion.
Yep, thats where it came from! The scientific method comes from the bible.
Its a method we need day to day to see if we are doing a good job, saved forever, but always growing! God bless