God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:13 (NLT)
At the local high school we are preparing students to take a variety of tests. Some are to give them an opportunity to advance to another level. Some are to rate what knowledge they have retained from particular subjects. In all of these areas, students have been taught the information with the expectation that they will pass whatever test pertains to them.
In our walk with the Lord, we are always given tests of varying levels. Some of them are easy to pass, while others require a great deal of faith and perseverance.
When you’re given tests in middle school, they are more advanced than those in elementary school. With each level the testing gets harder. If the tests you have in your spiritual journey are hard or tough, be encouraged. The difficulty of the test is an indicator of maturity. The harder the test, the greater the blessing.
So dig in your heels, sharpen your pencils and embrace the challenge given you. Pass the test with the strength that God has given you.
“To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.”
- George Mueller