Last week when I challenged you to consider your trials joy, I said there would be more to come. Here it is.
About the Faith Test
“The testing of your faith” (v. 3). A trial is a test of your faith.
I hated tests in school. I was way smarter than the grades I got, and I remember going into those tests completely stumped. No, I don’t know the answer to this question. I don’t even understand the question.
I still don’t like tests, but I understand why they are important. I’ve come to see that being tested by God is very loving. Frankly, I’d rather find out now that I don’t have the real thing than get to heaven and be surprised. You want your faith tested. You want to put your full weight down on the faith that you have in Christ and see if it holds you up, because if your faith hasn’t changed you, it hasn’t saved you. Better to find out while there is still time to get it right.
Take the Faith Final Exam
Testing is God’s good plan to get some good results. “For you know that the testing of your faith produces . . .” You have to take the faith final exam over and over in your life. I’ll give you the three essay questions up front:
1. Do you believe that God is in control? (Please support your answer from Scripture.)
2. Do you believe that God is good no matter what you see, no matter what you face?
Here’s the final question:
3. Will you wait on Him by faith until the darkness becomes light?
Will you wait? If you say, “I’m not seeing it right now,” then you get an A for honesty. But do you believe God is in control? Do you believe that He is good? Are you willing to wait by faith until you see His goodness? Because you will see it. Now or later—you will see the goodness of the Lord.
Psalm 27:13 has meant so much to me: “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (NASB). “My trial would have overwhelmed me, “the psalmist said, “unless I had believed.” But I do believe it. I believe that I will see the goodness of the Lord and not just in heaven but in the land of the living—right here on earth. While I’m drawing breath in these lungs, I will be able to sum up all that has happened, and I will say, “Somehow in it God has shown His goodness.”
Take the test, and if you pass with flying colors, your life will be immeasurably better.