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“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’” (Genesis 22:1 ESV)
This verse refers to the birth of Abraham’s son Isaac, and his covenant with the Philistines to live in peace. These were two huge acts of grace on God’s part. Then came the test. Abraham was called to give up the very thing he’d pleaded for years—Isaac. Isaac was the beginning of God’s promise to make Abraham’s descendents more numerous than the stars. Could he trust God enough to give back his son?
Do you feel as if you are being tested? If you wonder why all of a sudden, after you have seem to be walking in God’s favor, things are not as they should be, take heart. This may be a test. God loves you too much to be either just a fair weathered friend or a granddaddy with large pockets to grant your every desire. If that were the case, your growth as his child would be stunted. You’d end up a shallow, spoiled little brat—not the mature, caring adult He knows you can become. The testing times are when we experience huge growth spurts. We learn best from our trials, not our successes.
No one likes to take tests. But with God, failure is not an issue. He is the loving Father of second chances, and thirds, and more. Tests are given to see what we have learned and what we need to continue to learn. Divine tests are given to show us what we know, not to show God. God already knows. He isn’t the one who needs proof—you and I are.
Consider the trial you are experiencing to be like a mirror. Be sure to notice the good which is being reflected as well as the areas which need improving. Don’t get bent over with guilt or shame, or knotted up with worry. Sit up straight, see yourself as you are – grown and growing still. Then, reach up to the Test Giver in thanksgiving for the pop test He has slapped on your spiritual desk. Instead of groaning, be more like Abraham. Tell God, “Here I am. I am ready. Lay it on me.”
You just may get an A for effort posted on the Heavenly refrigerator door.
Father, It says in Your word that I should rejoice when I face trials. Give me the grace to do that, especially when I don’t feel like it. Amen.
Question: If you are being tested right now, how will you choose to respond?