A Test We Don’t Want to “Flunk!”

In school, we studied to learn and to earn recognition. Passing “felt good.” Failure was an unpleasant “feeling.” In preparation for military combat, failure could cause serious injuries or death for ourselves and our fellow soldiers. Tests are an important part of life, a measurement for how far we have progressed. We can flunk some tests of life, learn from the experience, and move on. However, there is a test we don’t want to “flunk.” It is a test that has a profound impact for time and eternity! It is the test of our faith in God and His Word. We cannot afford to content ourselves with a flabby, feeble, flimsy, flawed faith. It will fail us in this life and in the one to come. We need a faith that is firm, fixed and final. It is a faith that trusts God and His Truth, no matter what we experience or do not understand. Peter, and those to whom he wrote needed this kind of faith. This is unconditional faith! In Chapter 1 of his first letter, Verses 6-7, Peter wrote, “….ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations (many trials) that the trial (test) of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried (tested) with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” Let’s not “flunk!” Selah! It boils down to two choices: trust God or trust our own sin-blinded judgment. The latter leads to eternal failure; the former to life everlasting with God and will be richly rewarded. Don’t “flunk!”   Ron

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