Do you remember pop quiz’s? You’d sit down in class and the teacher would announce that they were giving a pop quiz. I think they called it that because it was something that could pop up at any time without any warning. The purpose, I’m sure, was to so the teacher could gage who was ‘getting’ it and who was not.
Sad to say, I never passed one pop quiz until I actually had to read the material, and become familiar with it, in order to find the answers in the open book exams. At which point, I got strait A’s, which proved that if I searched for it, I could find it.
I see this in the body of Christ. We sometimes think God is mad at us, or punishing us, but that’s not true at all. If you really knew God, you’d understand it’s merely him checking where you are in your journey. Let me show you how the Word of the Lord is tested in our lives:
“He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.” Psalm 105:17-19
“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac,” Hebrews 11:17a
Life is full of tests! Some of which we are prepared for and some we are not at all. They always take us by surprise (thus the pop quiz), they’re seldom fun, but they’re definitely beneficial to our growth. What we do in the testing season determines at what rate we progress. Some of us refuse to study, to be sure of what we should know, only to have to repeat the process until the teacher is satisfied with the answers we give.
Just how sure are you of the promises of God? If you’re unaware, chances are you’ll have to repeat the test until you get it right. You can’t cheat by copying my answers, you must find them, think on them and learn to apply them for yourself. There’s nothing like reading and discovering the promises that are yours, then applying them to your situation until you pass the test.
The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Where is that in the Word of God and is it for me?” Then you meditate on it, talk about it, repeat the promise, until it becomes deeply rooted inside of you. Then you stand on it until it manifests in your situation. You don’t stop when doubt hits your mind, and it will! Once the revelation knowledge of that promise hits your heart and you know that it’s your’s, no one will be able to take it from you.
What do you do in the mean time? Rest in the assurance that God does not lie! That He loves you! That He wants good things for you! Rest in His promises that He will never leave you or forsake you. Don’t look at God like a genie in a bottle that you can make a wish for something and it will come true. He is God! He’s to be adored, reverenced, revered, honored and glorified. He knows if you’re manipulating Him to get what you want so you can do what you want to do. But if you have truly made Him Lord of your life, get to know who you serve and allow Him to do great and mighty things through and for you.
Father, I will endure the tests and lean on and trust in You. If I fail, I know You’ll tutor me so I grown in wisdom and knowledge each day. You are amazing, kind, merciful and full of grace. You always grade on the curve! You even reward those who fail because they trusted in You. I’m always in awe at the wonder of You. As my faith grows and I allow Your Word to grow and mature in me, may I stand still and see Your salvation. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.