“A Special Kind of Test”

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Story of the day: “A Special Kind of Test”

Jeff and I have started doing a Bible Study from a wonderful book that we bought before he left for Iraq. The Book is titled Between a Rock and a Hard Place, written by Dr. Tony Evans. This little book is a great read and I can honestly say that it has put so many things in our life into perspective. If you find yourself in the middle of a trial, I encourage each of you to pick up a copy. One passage in particular that I would love to share with you from this book says:

Have you ever received mail that isn’t addressed to you? You take it out of your mailbox and read that the address doesn’t have your name on it. It just says “Occupant.” You get that piece of mail by virtue of being an occupant of that home. Trails are a lot like that. Just by virtue of being an occupant on this planet in a fallen world, we will face trials.

Of course, no one likes a trial. No one wakes up in the morning, stretches, and says, “Ah, what a beautiful day for a trial! I think I’d like to have a trial today!” That would be an unusual person who would do something like that. Yet no matter how much we want to avoid trials in our lives, trials are inevitable. No one is immune to trials.

Trials are adverse circumstances that God allows in our lives to both identify where we are spiritually as well as to prepare us for where He wants us to go. There is no escaping them. You are either in a trial now, you’ve just come out of a trial, or you are getting ready to go into a trial. Trials are unavoidable realities of life.

But even though we all have to experience them, we can take comfort in knowing that trials must first pass through God’s hands before reaching us. Nothing comes our way without first having received His divine approval. And in order to get His divine approval, there must be a divine reason for Him to approve it.

There is. God allows trials and tests in our lives in order to reveal where we are along our spiritual journey, to correct us when necessary, and to strengthen us for the journey ahead. When God puts you in a trial, He is getting ready to do something significant in your life. [Dr. Tony Evans. Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2010. pgs. 13-15.]

Quote of the day: Dr. Tony Evans

“When God puts you in a trial, He is getting ready to do something significant in your life.”

Bible verse of the day: Genesis 12:2

“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Though trials are never easy to endure, it is encouraging to know that You have my life in Your hands and that no matter what I may go through, You are always there to see me through it. I take refuge in knowing that You are getting ready to do something significant in my life. I love You and I am thankful for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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