"Surprise Math quiz this week. Be ready!" the instructor warned. I grumbled. Can't he at least tell us which day he'll give the quiz?
Soon, the end of the semester closed in, with final exams looming before us. Coffee-imbibed days coupled with studying until the wee hours of the morning, my roommates and I crammed to withstand the inevitable.
Exams in school are one thing. They're expected—most of the time!
But life tests are different—they're unpredictable. We don't know if we'll get the job we want. Or if we will afford a home or be able to support a family. Then, other unexpected tests often come our way: handling illness, financial woes, the death of loved ones, and other losses. We don't always have a warning when these things will happen.
Jesus faced insurmountable testing during his life—including temptation from Satan. The Gospels describe these accounts; Jesus refused each temptation. When Satan confronted Jesus in a high place, he offered him all the kingdoms of the world if he would bow down to worship him. But Jesus replied, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” – Luke 4:3 NIV
Sometimes, our faith is tested, too. But if we remain steadfast, prayerful, and trust in the Lord, we can get through some of the most challenging tests or trials.
May you remain deeply rooted in God's Word, so that when trials come, you will withstand them with strength, courage, and perseverance.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
- Ephesians 6:11
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
Scripture from the NIV Bible, 2011
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