“Rest in the Test”
It is time to get excited about the test!
We were taught early in life the meaning of pass or fail. If you pass a test you did good, if you failed, you did bad. In fact, there was a standard applied to measure how good. If 80 was passing, 90 was even better. But if you failed, no matter the score, you failed. On the other hand, many fail before they succeed. Thomas Edison inventor of the light bulb had over 9000 failed attempts to produce the electric bulb. He believed 9000 failures only meant success was almost in his grasp. Early in Thomas’s life, teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” In adulthood, he was fired from his first two jobs. He had an overwhelming opportunity to give in to failure. But no matter what happened to him, no matter what failures he faced, he pushed through.
Perhaps you have felt like a failure in life; a broken marriage, a struggling Ministry, an estranged relationship with a child, or laid off your job. Whatever the circumstance, the testing is building your muscles. It is a work of God. He may not have caused your circumstance or situation, but by no means is it a surprise to Him. In those difficult moments that seem to last for days, remember God is with you, He has never left you nor forsaken you (Deut. 31:6). Let’s remember the words of Job, “When [God] has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Whatever your test, don’t stress. Your test is ONLY an enhancement to your faith quality.
This Week’s Meditation:
“Count it all joy whenever you face trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-4).