“Pass” or “Flunk?”

It’s test time! Will I “pass” it or “flunk it?” God will test us!  He tests our faith to see if it will “pass” as true faith or “fail to pass” as genuine faith. In I Peter 1:7, Peter wrote to suffering saints explaining: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” “Tried (tested) with fire” is God’s way of revealing to us if we will trust Him, no matter what we experience. If our trust is based on having our desires satisfied, we will “flunk.” God will often fulfill some of our desires, but He will still test our faith. When our trust is wholly in Jesus, come what may, we will be: “found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” This is not, as some allege: “blind” faith. It is trusting God even when it seems that we have good reason not to trust. if we decide to trust Him without any reservation or exception, we will “pass the test” with flying colors! God will be shown to be faithful and right, no matter how long that takes. In God’s time, our faith will be praised, honored and glorified. William Hiley Bathurst gave us the hymn, “O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink.” This can be our experience if our trust is unconditional: “O for a faith that will not shrink, though pressed by many a foe, that will not tremble on the brink of any earthly woe, that will not murmur nor complain beneath the chast’ning rod, but in the hour of grief or pain will lean upon its God. A faith that shines more bright and clear when tempests rage without, that, when in danger, knows no fear, in darkness feels no doubt, that bears unmoved the world’s dread frown, nor heeds its scornful smile, that seas of trouble cannot drown, nor Satan’s arts beguile, a faith that keeps the narrow way till life’s last hour is fled and with a pure and heav’nly ray lights up a dying bed. Lord, give us such a faith as this, and then, whate’er may come, we’ll taste e’en here the hallowed bliss of an eternal home.” Selah! Let your trust be rock solid, anchored in His utter and total trustworthiness, and you will “pass” with honors, here and now, and when you get home.   Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

 

 

 

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One thought on ““Pass” or “Flunk?”

  1. Very challenging! It was great; something that I haven’t heard before, just as it is. Thanks for sharing this. It is something that all believers need to be challenged with.

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