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Learning to Pass God's Test
I was baking cupcakes with my granddaughters recently when we got
stuck. We needed to figure out how to divide two thirds of a cup
in half. I turned to my daughter and she instantly shot me back
one of those looks and said, “Mom, don’t ask me, you know I hated
I knew her shame. Math was never my strong suit in school,
especially those tricky word problems. No matter how much I
thought I understood specific concepts, working them out in the
practical applications presented by word problems was a different
story. Those word problems revealed what I didn’t know or
As Christians, many of us know a great deal about the things of
God. We have read our Bible and many other good books about
living the Christian life. Yet when we try to put those biblical
concepts into practice we stumble. Like my trouble with measuring
the ingredients for cupcakes, what we find that we know on one level we
can’t necessarily apply on another.
says that when we have passed the test God gives us, we will
receive the crown of life. What is the test? I find it often
comes in the daily troubles and trials in life that expose the realness
of my faith.
For many of us, the big trials of life such as being diagnosed with
cancer, or the loss of our marriage shakes us to the core and we know
we must trust God. But the every day kinds of tests God allows in
our lives may reveal something far different.
For example, what happens to you when you get stuck in traffic on your
way to the airport and miss your flight for vacation? What
happens in you and to you when your teenager gives you a smart
response, or you can’t find your keys and you’re already late for work,
or your dinner gets burned and your dinner guests are knocking at the
door? Just today I started to fall apart because my
automatic bill paying process submitted my payments twice and I didn’t
know how to cancel it.
These moments of testing reveal whether we are applying the things we
say we believe to the real life troubles that come our way. Is
God good? Can we trust Him? Is there a bigger picture here
even if we can’t find it?
When we pay attention to how we respond or react during these testing
moments, we will also see areas of weakness in our flesh and our faith.
And we’ll also have a clearer idea of the things God wants us to work
on and change (for our good).
Take some time to pay attention to these three areas when you are in
the middle of a “test”:
Feelings: The next time life throws you a curve ball, pay
attention to the emotions you feel in the midst of it. You may
begin to see a pattern in your emotional responses to life’s
trials. Do you typically respond with irritation, frustration and
anger? Or perhaps you feel more anxious, worried, nervous, or
scared in the mist of your trials. Either way, your feelings are
telling you something about what’s going on in your heart. Pay
God says our thought life is important. Our thoughts act as a
filter or lens by which we view the world and make sense of our
circumstances. If you haven’t realized it by now, you talk to
yourself and the way you talk to yourself will determine whether
you pass or fail God’s test. Do you speak only your “truth”
or does God’s truth shine forth in the midst of your test?
The apostle Paul speaks honestly of his temporal pain (feelings) when
in the midst of suffering. He says he is hard pressed on every
side, perplexed, persecuted and struck down. Yet, he did not
become crushed, despairing, abandoned or destroyed. Why
not? Because he learned to firmly fix the eternal perspective on
his spiritual eyes. He says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. …So
we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For
what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:8-18).
Paul never minimized the pain of the temporal, yet discouragement
didn’t win because he knew that God’s purposes were at work. (See
Philippians 1:12-14 for another example).
Our decision-maker (will) is an amazingly powerful gift from God.
Did you know that even when our feelings are contrary, we can still
choose to trust God and do his will?
Jesus showed us how do pass the test in the Garden of Gethsemane.
He didn’t feel like going to the cross. He wanted there to be some
other way of saving humankind. Yet, in the end, he submitted his will
to God and he said, “not my will but yours be done.”
Submission to God in the moment of negative emotions may feel like
hypocrisy but in reality, it’s obedience. Job said, “Though he
slay me, I will trust him.” (Job 13:15).
Trusting God in
the midst of negative emotions is not hypocrisy but obedience, which
pleases and glorifies God.
Life is hard, people disappoint and hurt us and we don’t always
understand God or his ways. The prophet Nahum talks about a day of
trouble and reminds us “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of
trouble, he knows those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7)
Friends, how do you need to trust God today in the middle of your real
life, even when your negative thoughts and feelings are screaming “just
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My Husband Is
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In the past, we had
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abuse situations. This morning, I was calling a few different ones –
asking for specialty in verbal / emotional abuse.
Praise God I found one who has seen your videos. I hope the counseling
will work for my individual counseling.
My husband said he will go to a counselor. Do you suggest that we go to
the same person at different times during the week or should he go to
I heard you say in your video that these are Evidences of the fruit of
1. Accept full responsibility. No blaming and be responsible
2. Recognize and have compassion for the hurt and pain that he caused
3. Accept the consequence of sin – without excuse, demands
4. Make Amends for damage caused
5. Show that he has grown in a healthy relationship
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