“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied.” – Genesis 22:1

George Shultz was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth U.S. Secretary of State and served until January 20, 1989. During this time in the Reagan administration, Shultz kept a large globe in his office. When newly appointed ambassadors had an interview with him and when ambassadors returning from their posts for their first visit with him were leaving his office, Shultz would test them. He would say, “You have to go over the globe and prove to me that you can identify your country.” They would go over, spin the globe, and each time they would put their finger on the country to which they were being sent. When Shultz’s old friend and former Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield was appointed ambassador to Japan, even he was put to the test. However, this time Ambassador Mansfield spun the globe and put his hand on the United States. He said: “That’s my country.” Shultz said: “I’ve told that story, subsequently, to all the ambassadors going out. ‘Never forget you’re over there in that country, but your country is the United States. You’re there to represent us. Take care of our interests and never forget it, and you’re representing the best country in the world.’ “

In the same way, the Lord tests us to make sure we are His ambassadors and that we have His interests in our heart. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that He does regularly test you and that you His representative.

“There is nothing-no circumstance, no trouble, no testing-that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment, but as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is.” – Alan Redpath

God’s Word: “For you, O God, tested us;byou refined us like silver.” – Psalm 66:10

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2003, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN GENESIS pkennedy@devotional.com

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