In my classes, I’ll regularly
give quizzes to my students (the kids love ‘em).
Although they think I’m doing it primarily to
ruin their lives, I’m actually trying to check
I need to see where they are in terms of understanding
the material so I can better help them… and the
students also need to know where they are.
Years ago, I was trying to learn Japanese. I learned
the hiragana & katakana alphabets, and listened
to Japanese audio tapes during my daily commute. I did
this for about 6 months and was feeling pretty good
that I understood Japanese.
Then one day I was playing tennis with a local club
and was paired with one of the leaders, Matt Yamanashi.
Excitedly, I told him I’d been studying Japanese
for 6 months. He smiled and replied in Japanese. At
least I assume it was Japanese…I didn’t
understand a single word he said.
I had been deceiving myself as to how much progress
I had made and it only took a quick test for me to see
These days I’m studying Spanish and testing has
revealed to me that I can read about 60% of Spanish
text, and that I can’t understand a thing brother
Dio is talking about… even when he is speaking
Testing isn’t always pleasant, but it is helpful
in that it reveals where you are at. Sometimes you may
not even be aware of how much you have learned or grown
until you are tested.
What is it that produces patience in James 1? Is it
your faith? Or is it the testing of your faith?
Who in Scriptures wasn’t tested? Everyone we
read about was tested: Abraham, Job, Moses, Daniel,
Peter, Paul, even Christ himself!
So why are we so shocked when adversity happens to
us? The Spirit has told us it is coming, to expect it,
and even rejoice in it:
1 Peter 4:12-13 - Beloved, do not think it strange concerning
the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some
strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent
that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that
when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with
God has given us everything we will need to pass the
- There is always a way out of any temptation (I Cor
- He lets us to work with, and copy others
In I Cor 11:1, we are encouraged to “Follow my
example, as I follow the example of Christ”.
Someone has had the same test you are experiencing now.
Wouldn't you like to hear how they passed it and what
- God has given us His Spirit to guide and comfort us
- And the tests are open book! The answers are in the
You are allowed to look up the answers... it isn't cheating.
One final thought and then I’ll close:
Is testing always just seeing how you handle adversity?
How do you act when things are great and when there
are no visible problems? Do you stop relying on God
in prayer during those times? Sometimes the easy times
reveal where our heart really is!
All of life is a test! You don’t want to find
yourself on Judgment Day having failed the test because
you lived your way.
Jn 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except
Do you need to change the way you are living and put
on Christ in baptism for the remission of your sins?
Maybe you are already a Christian, but your current
testing is very challenging? Do you need the prayers
of your brethren on your behalf?
The invitation is offered. Come make your need known
while we stand and sing.