Those dreaded words that strike fear in the heart of every student - "Time for a pop quiz!" Teachers always seem to have some psychic ability to know the exact moment when a classroom full of students know the least about a particular subject matter. It is at that moment they feel compelled to use a centuries-old torture method known as the Pop Quiz. The person who first came up with the concept of the pop quiz is clearly the ultimate Dungeon Master.
All kidding aside, testing is a necessary part of life. We can't survive without being tested. Without a test, a student will never truly be able to monitor his progress. A good teacher strategically plans tests throughout the semester to help the student track his progress and prepare him for the final test at the end of the year.
It has been said that life is a test. That is very true. God, in his great wisdom, puts us through tests from time to time to help us grow. Without these tests we would be doomed to fail in the long run. Like a wise teacher, he has strategically planned and carefully crafted tests along the way in your life to show you your strengths and weaknesses. I like how the New Living Translation says that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
It is important to have a mature attitude toward the testing of our faith. A child believes testing is punishment and therefore dreads it. The mature adult, however, understands that testing is something to be embraced and is beneficial. Rather than dreading it, he looks forward to it knowing that it brings another opportunity to grow.
How do you handle times of testing in your life? Do you find yourself kicking and screaming, perhaps questioning God? Do you feel God is mad at you when you face tests? If so, perhaps you have an unhealthy understanding of testing. In 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me." There are two types of Christians when it comes to testing. The first first gets angry at God every time a test comes their way. They yell and scream and accuse God of not loving them. The second welcomes the test. They patiently walk through times of testing with joy and an eager expectation that they will come through with a greater sense of strength and faith and a deeper conviction of God's everlasting love.
What will you do when the next test comes? Chances are that before the day is over, your faith will be tested in some way. I pray that the testing of your faith will produce Godly character in you that you never had before.