Tests are a part of education. We don’t know what we’ve learned until we take a test. Great teachers know how to create great tests. A great test reveals a student’s true progress in a skill or real understanding of a subject.
God is a great teacher. He designs certain tests for us that help us see where we really are in our spiritual growth and understanding.
In the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminded God’s people about some of the tests the Lord had given them in their 40 years of wilderness wandering. He also told them why God had given them these tests:
Remember how the Lord you 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. — Deuteronomy 8:2 (NIV)
How God’s people handled their tests told the Lord a lot about them. It showed them something about themselves too.
To pass God’s tests we must be prepared. To prepare well, we need to know as much as we can about the qualities that matter most to Him, and the kind of tests He gives.
This weekend at Church of the Redeemer, as a part of our “Going Up” Message Series, we’re looking at some of God’s tests and how to pass them. Using a wonderful story from the life of Abraham, we’ll discover the kinds of tests God gives and how to best prepare for them. Don’t miss this important teaching, and invite someone to join you.
I look forward to seeing you!