“For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden,” – 1 John 5:3
We all have experienced tests. Tests in school, sports and probably most difficult, in life. Regardless of what area we are tested in, we all want to pass. Whether it’s testing our speed in track, our endurance in cross country, our strength in wrestling or football, or our coordination in basketball, we want to succeed.
The same is true in life, when our patience is tested we hope we show self-control; when our honesty is tested we hope we are deemed trustworthy; we want to pass the tests that come our way. But sometimes we lose sight of the purpose of our testing. We question God and ask if He is punishing us. In His word, He says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” (James 1:2-3)
I was tested recently, and though I experienced an inner struggle for several days, I was so convicted to do the right thing that I wasn’t focused on what I was giving up. Instead, I looked forward to the blessings that would come. My pastor recently said, “Obedience is the surest sign that Jesus is Lord of your life. It proves you love Him and that He is on the throne of your life.” He also said, “Tests can turn beliefs into convictions that cause us to reach for what only Christ can do through us.”
Today, when we are tested, we must turn to Christ, surrender our will and agenda, and obey Him with urgency. We can’t grow without testing, and when we pass those tests, we will be blessed through our obedience.
1. What tests has God allowed in your life lately? What have you learned from them?
2. How can you walk in obedience more this year?
3. In what areas of your life do you wrestle with Christ’s Lordship?
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