You have probably heard the saying that you cannot have a testimony without a test. We would love to forego the testing periods in our walk with the Lord. I mean, who likes exams, right? It would be easier to just constantly “feel” the nearness of the Lord guiding us and telling us what to do without any type of trial. So why must we be tested?
One of my favorite chapters in the Word gives the best direct answer to the age-old question of “Why?”. Why do I have to go through this? Why am I facing this? In Deuteronomy 8, Moses is speaking to the children of Israel after the 40-year testing period in the wilderness. (We think we face long seasons of trial…how would we handle 40 years?)
“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”
Isn’t that why teachers give exams – to know what we know. To find out what we have learned and retained of all that we have been taught. There are definite seasons of testing when it comes to the Lord, as well. There are times that we are allowed to struggle and hunger. These are the times that not only show the Lord what is in our hearts…but it clearly reveals who we really are to ourselves when everything isn’t smooth-sailing.
If you are in a testing season right now, hold onto the Word and choose to obey Him regardless of how you feel or don’t feel at the time. If you aren’t facing exams currently, prepare for the next one. Choose to absorb all of what He is speaking to you while His voice is clear, because His Word is still true even in a seemingly silent season.
As I once heard someone say, the Teacher doesn’t talk during the test. It isn’t a setup for us to fail…I believe He truly wants us to ace it every time.
Father the tests of life are hard and sometimes painful, but thank You for using them to show me what is in my heart. Thank You for using them to humble me. I want to come forth as gold, so please never stop refining me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.