As a child, one of my greatest fears was taking tests. There were the usual tests in school, a test for a drivers license, a blood test and so on. As I grew older, I thought the testing would end. Little did know that this was just the beginning.
Life is a series of tests for us. There are the interviews which test your capabilities – the trial of waiting for results from a MRI or cat scan – stretching a dollar from paycheck to paycheck – the loss of a loved one – the first few years of marriage – the failure of a business. All of these can appear as negatives, but when you know what God has in store for you, these tests simply become challenges which make us stronger.
Many of God’s chosen people endured greater challenges than we’ll ever know. They spent years moving from one country to another. They could be considered the first real refugees as they faced enemy after enemy in search of the promised land. They also turned away from God when they entered those new lands. Still he caused them to return to Him.
God uses the trials and temptations of life to make us stronger, to prepare us for future disappointments and help us realize that our life here on earth is a temporary time of grace for us to serve Him and others. Through them, we draw closer to God and do what He wants most from us – to lean on Him.
Today you’ll undoubtedly go through a test. You may have to take a detour on your way to work. You might discover something negative about your health. You could face a serious loss and not be sure where you will wind up tomorrow. Trust in the Lord to keep you strong, to be at your back and lift you up to the knowledge that He is in control.