Lost a job. Abandoned by someone you love. Rejected by a client. Failed the exam. Pressured by friends. Tempted to cut classes or maybe try taking some alcohol and drugs. Bribed for dishonesty at work. Told to tell a lie. Yes, these are forms of life tests and there’s more than I could think about.
One time, when I was at a fastfood chain, I was reading a passage from my Bible while waiting for my friends to arrive. I came across with the story of Jesus being tempted by the devil. Yes, He was tested and tried. So, long story short, Jesus overcame the temptations by fighting it not by strength or by might but by saying the Word of God.
Now the important revelation I received is that Jesus proved that we can overcome temptations and tests. He just didn’t say things like “You can pass this one” “You can overcome your struggle” “You can do this” but He actually demonstrated and showed us how.
These tests and trials that we go through are not meant to punish us; or neither God allows us to be tested because He doubts our faith.
1 Peter 1:6-7 says:
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
We experience them because God wants our faith to come out genuine and imperishable even when tested by fire.
But the great thing about God is that He always gives a way out of our temptations.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the Word of God says:
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
See? What an amazing grace! Wow!
He never lets us face our mountains alone. He goes with us and in fact, He goes ahead of us. We are never alone in this fight that we are in. Jesus armors us with weapons we need to fight the good fight of faith.
And the one thing that I loved the most among the things He revealed is the purpose behind these tests. After Jesus was tempted by the devil, His ministry began. He was ready to begin what He was called for.
These struggles that we go through are just prerequisites of the greater things that God has for us. We are being refined, being prepared, being equipped for the things we are called to do.
So what if you failed the test?
God has your back.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12:9