Tests,Trials and More Tests!
Tests, they are one thing that most of us definitely do not look forward to in school, but did you know that we are graded in more places than just at school. Yeah, I know you probably didn't want to hear that but it's true. The other trials we face usually involve circumstances out of our control in our everyday life. And how we respond to these determines what grade we receive from God. God puts us through all kinds of trying circumstances and it's not the trial we are facing, or even the outcome that is significant to God- it's how we react to it! Yep, that's right. God is more interested in whether we will turn to him, pray and have faith He will carry us through it than anything else. And you know what, He doesn't even care if we keep messing it up like thousands of times. He's like a daddy coaching a baby to take his first steps. He doesn't care how many times the kid falls because He's ready to embrace the baby when it toddles over to Him. I know that goes against what most of us believe but it's true.
When you are facing a difficult circumstance, dilemma or receive heartbreaking news, God just wants us to 'let go and let God' take it over. For those of us who want to control and plan everything this is a bit of a bummer. But the sooner we come to terms with the fact that God can handle our lives better than we can then the better off we are. And just think when we have passed one of God's tests and think we are home free, there's always another test just around the corner waiting to happen. But don't get discouraged and think that tests are a punishment or reprimand from God, look at it as a promotion into being a mature Christian. God loves us soooo much that He is willing to watch us fall a couple of times in order for us to overcome our fears or character flaws. He just wants us to keep growing spiritually and changing from glory to glory. Why? Well because He has big plans for you and me. If you and I can't even pass a small test from God, then how is He going to give us more promotions? Remember with blessings come responsibility and responsibility is earned through the school of hard knocks. So the next time you feel like you are knocked down, get right back up and say "ok what cha got next for me God?! I'm ready for it." And realize that each test and trial that God gives you is a blessing in disguise. After passing that test you are that much closer to being promoted by God!
Deuteronomy 8:2 1 Peter 1:71 Peter 4:12-14
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