I wish I could tell you I have never failed God’s tests over the years. Sadly, I have failed so many. But in seeking and following after God and pressing on in my relationship with Him, I have learned a wonderful lesson in all this. So long as I have pressed forward in seeking Him and His will for me, so long as I have repented along the way, so long as I have asked for and received the filling of His Holy Spirit, so long as I have followed the leading of His Holy Spirit, so long as I have surrendered myself to His Spirit with repentance when needed, the Lord has been so loving, merciful, patient, kind, tender, albeit firm when necessary, gentle, encouraging, compassionate, and comforting with me! He has been such a wonderful, powerful, perfect Father to me.
Just recently, I failed a big test. I was in a fiery battle with the devil coming hard at me. The Lord spoke to my heart how to fight in the battle and secure victory based on what He has been teaching me in the Bible for years. I assumed I would win. I would pass the test. I failed. But I did not turn away from God. I kept pursuing Him. He had mercy on me, and soon enough He gave me another test. Unlike a terrible teacher who is harsh, cruel, intimidating, demeaning, condemning, punishing, and hurtful, and some teachers in their humanness can be this way, God the perfect Lord, perfect God, perfect Father, and perfect teacher, wasn’t and isn’t done with me. I failed the test, but God didn’t leave me nor forsake me. He simply showed me He would continue to love me, to teach me, to grow me, to change me, and, yes, to test me along the way.
God finishes the work He starts in His children. He teaches us. He tests us. And He tells us to be joyful in the testing. Yes, believe it or not, He tells us to REJOICE!
He also makes clear we are ultimately to bring Him praise, honor, and glory! Oh, may you and I do so! Amen!
Is God testing you? Are you in the midst of a great trial? Love and seek and pursue the Lord with all your heart! And REJOICE!
I encourage you to meditate on these verses:
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials [also “testing” per Strong’s concordance], that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:6-9
Who is to be our number one teacher in life? The Holy Spirit who lives inside His followers!
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26