Who likes tests? I don’t think any of us do. We go to sleep the night before worrying and get up worrying. What’s the first test that comes to mind even to this grandmother? Standard Achievement Tests (SAT). Yes, I substitute teach and see the kids come to school worrying, and I see teachers all year getting ready for that.
We fast the night before tests the next morning for cholesterol or diabetes, and a mound of other medical issues. Our newborn babies have to take a PKU test early on and we worry until those results are back from the state. We have to go get mammograms, sonograms, EKGs and on and on and on.
The biggest and most important tests of our lives are those that James talks about in James 1:12 (ESV) “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
As I read that verse I’m reminded that I shouldn’t be worrying. All of our life is a test. Every day is some sort of test. Will I worry, or put my trust in Him. Will I know in my heart He’s in control and His plan for me is perfect?
And then there is that verse in Psalms 139:23-24:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
I just read that verse again. He knows my heart. He tests me and He knows when I am anxious. As He sees all the offensive things in me, He is leading me as I stay in the Word to prune me and make me what He created me to be. He is taking my tests and making them testimonies.
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