I am not a great “test taker”.  I have taken lots of tests over the years and I have done ok, but I always feel like I should do better. Tests are often a necessary evil of academia to measure how much a student is learning. I don’t think that tests are the best tool, but it is very common.  I remember some of the anxious moments right before some big tests. I still remember how nervous I was when taking my drivers test, finals or my real estate test.

According to Wikipedia, the word test is an assessment. There are physical fitness test to measure physical strength and endurance. There are driving tests to determine ability in given situation and there are also performance tests like the bar exam or real estate sales person exam. The Lord gives probably the toughest test of all. Check this out…

 11 But the Lord is with me like a strong warrior,

    so those who are chasing me will trip and fall;

    they will not defeat me.

They will be ashamed because they have failed,

    and their shame will never be forgotten.
12 Lord All-Powerful, you test good people;

    you look deeply into the heart and mind of a person.

I have told you my arguments against these people,

    so let me see you give them the punishment they deserve.
13 Sing to the Lord!

    Praise the Lord!

He saves the life of the poor

    from the power of the wicked. (Jeremiah 20:11-13 NCV)

I want to be prepared for any test that the Lord may give. The cool thing is that I can speak with Him about the test during the test. He is with me before during and after any test and He will not leave me during the test.  I am not always happy about what He finds when He looks deep into my heart and mind. My thoughts are not always pure and clean. I welcome His test because He can fix what He finds in my heart. I welcome His Presence in my heart. His tests are not easy but they bring health and healing to my heart and soul.  His tests are spontaneous yet consistent. He is thorough and comprehensive. I want to pass the tests that He gives. I want my heart to be a welcome place for Him to hang out.

Pressing On!

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