THE TESTED WORD OF THE LORD…


Proverbs 30:5 – “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” NASB

Psalms 18:30 – “As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”  NASB

Every word of God is tested and/or tried.  That is a most interesting declaration and one that is somewhat difficult to wrap our heads around.  What exactly are the Psalmist and the writer of Proverbs saying?  With the complete confidence that nothing in the Bible is a casual afterthought but has meaning and specificity I can only determine that “Every Word of God is tested or tried.”  But what does that mean?

At the risk of sounding wiser than I am, I believe it can be viewed from several reference points.  The Psalmist began by saying, “As for God, His way is blameless…”  That is an absolute!  God is perfectly and completely pure, holy, righteous, and perfect therefore nothing in Him or nothing He does is flawed.  Then after making the declaration that the word of God is tested, he says, “He (God) is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”  That is the same declaration as the writer of Proverbs.  God is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

The revelation found in 2 Samuel 22:31 is the same, “As for God, His way is blameless; the word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”  NASB In Psalms 12:6 we are told that “the words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”  That is a picture of putting the words through a process that verifies their validity.  Then in Psalms 119:140, we read, “Thy word is very pure…”

The Words of God are God Himself and reflect the Character and Nature of God.  I grew up hearing, “A man’s word is his bond.”  Also, “A promise is only as good as the giver of the promise.”  Every Word of God is backed by the Character of God which is perfect.  He cannot lie, does not fail, and has chosen to forever love us. 

We have the assurance of God’s Word in Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? “ The Word of God is continually tested and has been proven by and in the lives of believers for some six millennia.  No believer has ever found God’s Word to be anything but the truth.

I have another perspective from which this declaration that I believe can be applied.  If you receive a Word of Prophecy or a Word from God to you that Word is Tested.  Every Promise you receive will be tested.  The enemy of your soul will seek to dissuade you from standing on the Promise.  He will seek to entice you to disbelieve and abandon the promise. 

I have heard things in my Spirit from the Holy Spirit through the Word of God that reflected a Promise or a directive for my life.  Every time, there has been an assault on that promise.  I encourage you to reread Galatians 6:9, “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”  Also reread Psalms 91 regarding God’s Promise of provision, defense, safety, and care if we abide in Him.  Also, Matthew 6:33 regarding seeking Him first and foremost above everything.

The admonishment by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:13-14 is powerful.  He said, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand, therefore…”  We are told in James 4:7, to ‘submit’ to God and to ‘resist’ the devil and the promise is that he will flee from us.  The process is commitment to God or seek Him first and make a total surrender of our lives to Him.  Once that is done, we can then ‘resist’ the devil and in the condition of total surrender our resistance has the full power of the Word and Character of God behind it and the devil runs for cover.  We are saying what God says and what God says is…

Therefore, I suggest that the ‘testing’ or ‘trying’ of God’s Word is two-fold. His Word is put to the test and proven in our lives and His Word to us is challenged by the devil seeking to distract us.  If we are not distracted and stay focused, God’s Word is proven, and through the walking out of His promise we bring the Kingdom of God to the Earth and demonstrate, manifest, and represent Christ to others. 

NEVER and I mean NEVER abandon God’s Promises regardless of how things seem.  Do not adopt a mentality that, “whatever His will is will automatically transpire.”  Sometimes we have to enter the Kingdom and Possess the Promises by dispossessing the enemy and destroying his influence.  We have to fight!

God bless you and may you find the strength and grace to Stand after having done all to stand.  Have a Great Day!