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Testing, Testing: 1, 2, 3

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m sure everyone knows those test signals of the EBS, the Emergency Broadcast System. It sounds like a cat in heat and a dial-up modem got in a fight while they were thrown into a blender. I scramble for the mute button every time.

It starts out with the words,

This is a test. This is only a test.

I  talked about hope last week and I really thought I had been through the test already or that perhaps it was mostly over, but then came this week. And I’m in the middle of the screeching and whirring waiting for further instructions because it feels real. It feels like it’s all falling apart.

I think I missed the part where God announced it was only a test.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. –1 Peter 4:12-13

I shouldn’t be shocked or surprised that a powerful, life-changing word for me would bring a “fiery” test. It’s not strange, according to Peter. We are meant to share in the sufferings of Christ and keep rejoicing and hoping and singing.

His glory is coming out of it.

There are moments when I feel the pressure to be too great, that the unknown is going to stress me into a coma; but I hold on to Him because He makes the test mean something. He makes it produce what it’s meant to.

I may not have one way to get out of the situations I find myself, but He has a million ways. He can speak a word and everything changes. I hold on to hope and I hold onto His unchanging hand.

How about you today? Do you feel the heat of the test? Or are you on the other side of it right now?

8 Comments

  1. Am I feeling the heat of the test? Let’s just say that my best friends right now are Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Seriously, yes, I am in the middle of one of the toughest times in my life. This line: “…the unknown is going to stress me into a coma…” That is exactly what it feels like, Jason.

    This week I wrote about wanting a Cinderella God, a God who makes life fit *just right* and protects me from all the *bad*…

    But, do I really want that? (Truthfully, yes sometimes!) But really, I want God, in all His unpredictable ways. And if I am seeking hard after Him, I’m going to come up against life, enemy resistance, and trials. I’m not surprised. Nor will I give up. For these words of yours are known deeper and deeper in my heart:

    “…but I hold on to Him because He makes the test mean something. He makes it produce what it’s meant to.”

    Yes, holding on to hope…

    GOD BLESS!
    Sharon recently posted..CINDERELLA GODMy Profile

    • Exactly. If it were just us and God and everything were perfected, that would all be different. But it’s a fallen world and we have an enemy who seeks to devour and destroy. He is greater and He’s in us! That’s the good news. Thanks Sharon.

  2. If we fail to hold on to Him in hope, only then will the tests, trials, and tribulations overwhelm us. Praying for you, Jason! Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..A Time for Every Purpose . . .My Profile

    • I so appreciate the prayers, Martha!

  3. I’m with you today, Jason. Feeling the heat, but also the amazing and redeeming hand of our Father steering me in love… Love isn’t always the easy thing, but always the right thing.

    • You are so right, Floyd. Thankful for love. Praying with you, brother!

  4. I’m feeling the heat alright. But I’ve never been good at passing any tests…hahaha
    Ed recently posted..Something different -- LemonsMy Profile

    • Ha! Praying with you, Ed. Sounds bad maybe, but it is good to know I’m not the only one! Thanks.

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