Written By Guest Writer: Isayas Theodros
True story. At 16 years old, I failed my driver’s license test two times before I eventually passed. I have never really been too embarrassed about the whole thing until I recently heard my dad recount just how unfit of a driver I once was. It’s clear that I must have suppressed some of these memories because I know my father isn’t capable of making up anecdotes of such recklessness with what was a tangible sense of terror in his eyes. Even though my then failure derailed my plans to attend winter formal that year without my mother’s carpool, it became a lot easier to laugh about the whole thing after I accepted that I wasn’t quite ready to be trusted behind the wheel.
As much as we may dislike tests, they are a needed tool of objective assessment. Doctors have the medical board, lawyers have the bar, and the US Army has ranger school for what is the same central reason; what isn’t tested can’t be trusted. As such, we can (for the most part) put our good faith in those who have withstood the trials of examination and have proven their adequacy. With the exception of the overzealous 16-year-old driving student, this idea makes perfect sense in the ordinary instances of our everyday lives. Though, what’s more interesting to me is how it also applies to our faith in God.
Get Ready For It
How do we handle stress? How do we respond to the loss of a job? How do we spend our time, money, or the influence we’ve been given? It’s really easy to ask God for a better job, more money, or even a greater platform, but why would a God who loves us give us any of these things when He knows we cannot yet be trusted with them? It’s all too often that we see how objectively good things can become devastatingly bad things when we aren’t quite ready for them.
When I look at the testing of my faith from this vantage point, I become encouraged by what God could be preparing me for. In fact, James 1:2-3 suggests that we,
Abraham’s obedience was tested when God asked him to sacrifice his son. Moses’ patience was tested when he waited to part the Red Sea. Daniel’s loyalty was tested when he was pressured to conform to life in Babylon. What set these men apart was not the simple fact that they faced significant trails, because at the end of the day, we all are tested. What was most notable about each of their stories was how their unwavering faith in God in light of their circumstance eventually proved the genuineness of their faith. Furthermore, it was through the tests they endured that they eventually received their proverbial crowns. Like Abraham, Moses, and Daniel, we’re all being tested –and on the other side of each test, God is waiting to elevate us into our full purpose. The only question is, can we be trusted?
Secure your faith in Him, and allow Him to do through you the seemingly impossible!