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Tests are necessary to train us and strengthen us for the purpose of advancing our spirit, soul and body as well as to advance those things outside of ourselves: other people, nations, businesses, communities, ministries, careers, even a geographic region. God will test our obedience to His directives, and He will use other people and circumstances in the process (Judges 3:1-4).
Because of their “unknown” nature, tests can provoke fear and anxiety within us. God uses tests to challenge us to overcome obstacles, to position us to trust Him in new areas so that, with Him, we can accomplish new assignments. Although the test-taking process can, at times, feel either burdensome or exhilarating, once we pass, we advance to the next level, where we will again be tested. Entrepreneurs frequently experience this process in business as they journey from visions to ventures.
If you look up the word “test” in a dictionary, you will find a long list of definitions. Here are some of the ones I like: “An often difficult situation or event that will provide information about somebody or something; a procedure to ascertain the presence of or the properties of a particular substance; a declaration, demonstration, or oath of conformity or loyalty; to make considerable demands on somebody, particularly somebody’s skills or abilities; testimony; testament.”
David earnestly invited and submitted to God’s examination in Psalm 139:23-24 saying, “. . . test me and know my anxious thoughts . . .” The NIV note to this scripture is particularly interesting: “It is no light matter to be examined by God.”
Has your work been tested lately? How about your marriage? What about your patience? Have you withstood the fire? Or do you feel like you’ve failed?
Did you choose faith or fear, trust or temptation (to give up), dedication or distraction, commitment or compromise in the process?
With God, there are no failures, only opportunities for redemption and restoration. God’s grace is sufficient in our weakness. He can reset, reposition and reevaluate us. He loves us and desires for us to succeed and reach our divine destiny. And He’ll give us every opportunity to get it right. All we have to do is cooperate with Him.
If we exercise our freewill, faith, trust and action according to God’s plan and leading, He will meet us as He met Abraham to help us succeed. He will build our character and refine our motives along the way. Be determined to complete the race a winner.
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