Test are never fun. You might have been that one weird kid who actually enjoyed getting test, but most normal people DO NOT like test. I remember being almost sick feeling in college because of midterms or finals. A single test that comprised twenty five percent of your grade was worth worrying about. Why have test? It would be much easier just to do away with them.
Test exist to prove whether we know the material or not. I also believe test push us to work harder at knowing the truths taught. If you know you are going to be tested, you will pay attention better and put in the extra effort.
Written test in the classroom may be unpleasant, but test in life can be much more uncomfortable. Tribulations, trials, and testings can be some of the most difficult things any believer will ever face. The New Testament is full of encouragement of how to be faithful in the midst of trials. James tells us that trials come to teach us patience and help mature us in our Christian faith. Peter calls the trying of our faith a precious thing.
Why does God allow test in our life? Doesn’t He know they are hard and uncomfortable? If He truly loved us, wouldn’t He make these difficult individualized test go away? The truth is that trials show how much He actually cares for us! He is unwilling to leave us at our current status, but wants us to grow.
Test will reveal what is truly going on in your heart. Like hot water on a tea bag, the contents will come out. You may like what you see and you may not, but trials help expose what is really going on deep in our hearts. Once exposed, we can be made better for His purposes or made bitter against Him. His purpose is always to draw us closer to Him, but some allow the testings to drive them far from their Heavenly Father.
God placed a test in front of the new generation of Israel. Moses’ generation had seen the miracles of Egypt. Joshua’s generation had seen the miracles of conquering Canaan. This new generation would have the opportunity to see God work through five lords of Canaan. Would they trust God to drive them out, or compromise and serve their gods. We get the sad outcome of the test in Judges 3:6, “And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.” God sadly had to put a big “F” on their test, they failed.
Each new generation would be given the same opportunity, and over and over again they failed. The first four delivers Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, and Deborah all helped the children of Israel get their grades up to passing, but sadly they always fell back below “C” level every time these judges left the scene.
God has likely brought some test into your life in the past, right now, or they soon will come. Take each of these test as a blessing from God, an opportunity to grow in your faith and trust Him more. As God reveals what is in your heart make choices to be better not bitter. This great Teacher is not out to hurt you, but help you. Trust the process, trust the Teacher, and pass the test.
Daily Scripture Reading
Judges 3 - 5
“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.”