Test Score

Posted on Apr 03 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Test Score

By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 26: 2-3
2 Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

How many of us really enjoy a “test?”

Tests can come in many different forms and at many different stages and times in our lives. When we are in grade school tests abound from simple math, English and science substantiation of our learned knowledge, to the dreaded SAT (scholastic aptitude test), the most widely used college admission exam.

Dictionary.com defines “test” in a number of ways, several of which detail the meaning significantly;

1. the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial.
2. the trial of the quality of something: to put to the test.
3. a set of questions, problems, or the like, used as a means of evaluating the abilities, aptitudes, skills, or performance of an individual or group; examination.

From a worldly avenue tests are administrated by humans, usually in authority granted by the rules or laws set up by society, obviously comprised of other humans. These can be teachers, professors or even law enforcement figures under certain circumstances. Along with being tested by other humans comes the inherent flaws and failings associated with broken humanity.

From a biblical viewpoint test, or being tested, takes on a different perspective. One which has the unique aspect of not only having spiritual consequence but being administered by the highest manifestation of authority, God.

The bible has much to say about the topic of testing;

James 1:2-4 ESV
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Deut 8:2-3 (NIV)
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you… to teach you that man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

1 Peter 4:12-14 (NIV)
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Rom 5:3-5 (NIV)
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Revelation 2:10 NIV)
10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

The bible is the ultimate study guide and reference book from which all spiritual testing is derived from;

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

As believers we should welcome tests of our spirit because they reveal our learning curve of divine knowledge, our progress in studying the word of God in his textbook the bible, our preparedness and doctrine for teaching the good news of Jesus Christ to others so they may share eternity with God and our ability to battle our enemy the devil, the ultimate tests of our spiritual education.

We should be willing to openly ask our esteemed professor God to test us and try us by examining our hearts and minds. It is only by being unafraid to do so that we will know for sure that we are ready to graduate with the degree of ‘Discipleship’ to Him.

If we are confident in our study and learning of God’s word we are mindful of his unfailing love and live in reliance on his faithfulness to us.

As such we should have no fear of our test score.

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