A TEST could be:
- a series of questions, problems, or practical tasks to gauge somebody's knowledge, ability, or experience
- a basis for evaluating or judging something or somebody
- a trial run-through of a process or on equipment to find out if it works
- an often difficult situation or event that will provide information about somebody or something
*all definitions from Encarta Dictionary
Today I share to you an encouraging message by Max Lucado from his latest book "You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times".
Each day has a pop quiz! And some seasons are like final exams. Brutal, sudden pitfalls of stress, sickness, or sadness. What’s the purpose of the test?
James 1:3-4 says, “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”
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Test, test, test! This chapter in your life may look like rehab, smell like unemployment, sound like a hospital, but you're in training. God hasn't forgotten you, just the opposite. He has chosen to train you.
Forget the notion that God doesn't see your struggle. Quite the contrary. God is fully engaged. He is the Potter, we are the clay. He’s the Shepherd, we’re the sheep. He’s the Teacher, we’re the students. Trust His training. You’ll get through this!
So continue to keep the faith andpress on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.☺