Day 5 , we saw that the Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God’s view of life: Life is test, life is a trust and life is a temporary assignment.These ideas are the foundation of a purpose-driven living.
Life on earth is a Test
God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity and loyalty.Words like refining,temptations, trials and testing occurs more than 200 times in the Bible.
The Bible has host of people that were tested, Abraham was asked to offer his only son Isaac, God tested Jacob when he had to work extra years to earn Rachael as a wife.Adam and Eve failed their test in the Garden of Eden.David failed his test from God on many occasions. But the Bible is full of great men and women like Joseph, Ruth, Esther and Daniel who passed their tests.
Character is both developed and revealed by test.’Character is the only thing left after a man has been buried.’
We are constantly been tested, God constantly watches how we respond to people, problems, success, failures,conflicts,illness, disappointments and even the weather.God watches even our simplest actions like when we are polite to the Janitor, clerk or waitress.
We may not know, how we will be tested by God but we can predict from what the Bible tells us.We will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism and even senseless tragedies.
A very important test is how we act when we can feel God’s presence in our life,sometimes God intentionally draws back and we don.t sense his closeness.This happened in the life of Hezekiah the King.
When you understand that life is a test, you realize that there is nothing insignificant in your life.
Some tests seem overwhelming, while others you don’t even notice. but all of them have eternal implications.The good news is that God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the tests you face to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them.Every time you pass a test, God notices and make plans to reward you in eternity.