A Test For Glory

11 Jan

Don’t you hate it when you’re writing a test and you know you could have done better. Whether it’s a final exam in a tough subject or a simple blood test, you always hate that feeling of disappointment in yourself when you don’t get the result you wanted. You keep telling yourself “Why didn’t I work harder?”, “Why do I let myself get these marks?”, “Why can’t I be more disciplined?”.

We often experience spiritual tests. Some last a day or two, and some weeks, months or years even. Some are minor, others shake your faith completely. Spiritual tests come and they all serve one same purpose: for God to mold His people. God gives us new and wonderful graces every morning so that we can face tests, but it’s very important how we react to these trials.

I don’t think we should react with the same pessimism and disappointment as we do for other failed tests. Instead, I believe God wants us to react to tests with optimism. We must know that by God’s unfailing grace, we can get through anything. He doesn’t want us to pity and be down in the dumps because we did not get a perfect mark once again. Aren’t we human? It is absolutely impossible for us to be perfect. We all fall short of perfection and God made it that way so that we can realize this truth and make it our goal to strive for a Christ-like perfect life. That is the sheer beauty of God’s love. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and because of that, we know better how to strive for God’s holiness.

Pray for trials. Pray that God might show you how to walk out of tests praising His name even more than when you walked in them. Pray that God might use trials to mold you into a stronger disciple of Christ. We are in a spiritual war, and God knows that the best soldiers are developed in battle and not in times of comfort.

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2 Responses to “A Test For Glory”

  1. joyinthevalley January 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Good post!

  2. Cristina Tenuta January 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    So can relate to this post. Tests and trials come and show us where we need to change and to remind us that the only thing of beauty in us is the Lord. I strive to make Him my ultimate treasure every day.

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