Matthew 4:7 (NRSV) [7] Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

How many times have I tried it with God? Too many to count. I know the right direction to go in, but I go left. I know the right thing to do, but I procrastinate. I know the right thing to say, but I miss the moment, or I let my emotions get the best of me.

There are so many times when I put God to the test, and then ask Him to solve the very mess I have gotten myself into.

God is loving, forgiving, kind, gracious, merciful, and more, but why do we insist on testing Him time and time again? Part of this instinct is our humanity, flawed and imperfect, but imagine how much more grace we would experience if we didn't test God quite so much.