“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t give up when he corrects you.
6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” –Hebrews 12:5-6
It’s funny. Ever since I was young, I always loved to learn. To go to school. To read. Take exams. I loved it. Still do. School has always been a place of wonder, excitement, a place of grace where I can find the support, wisdom, affirmation that I longed for. It was here where I had the freedom to explore, create, succeed. A place where I could be appreciated for my pursuit of knowledge and hunger for it.
I learned how to study just to pass the exam.
So. I wanted to stay where I felt comfortable.
Where I felt safe. Where my ideas of life, love and character could not be challenged so much.
For me, I could learn, learn, and learn…and not feel threatened for not applying it. Because no one challenged me to. If I had an exam or test I would study just for the test…never learning how to use it for my life.
Never allowing what I had learned to sink into my heart and flow out into my life.
Yet, I was never meant to stay here. AND that was never the intention of school. Regardless of how it’s structured, it was never meant to be a place where you learn how to “school”. It is meant to reform behavior and develop life skills (ideally) to help a child function for the rest of their life.
It is a safe place where you learn the importance of key subjects, and use these lessons to live a better life.
Majority of your existence will be in school. A place where God is training you, teaching, molding, developing you into the person He already has created you to be. That you may be fully equipped to handle, to cultivate, to inherit and to stand fully in your calling.
So that you will fulfill your destiny.
He uses His Word, and other believers to help you grow and be ready when it’s time for a test.
That is if only you are willing.
If you’re willing.
Many of you reading this may have not had a positive school expeirence.
You felt like you wasted years of your life with posion filled friends, homework and teachers.
You may have been,
Felt like you were overlooked,
Just know that this time around, when God leads you to school to learn,
And gives you tests to reveal your character and heart….
If you are willing to trust Him,
It will be different this time.
School may look differently for every one.
You may be called to go back to actual school, college or etc.
You may be called back to your old neighborhood.
You may be called back to an old job.
so that you can see what you have missed, what you are lacking, how to improve, how to prepare better for the storms of life, and finally…
How to overcome it all.
And everyone’s test will not look the same.
It may not be what you had planned. However, it is for a reason. He is doing it because He has a plan in it all. He is doing it because He loves you.
A good teacher prepares his or her students to not only to pass the test but how to apply it in your everyday life so that you may one day share it with others. All in an effort, so they too can miss the same pitfalls and mistakes you have made yourself. God is not willing that you would perish nor is He willing that you don’t fulfill your destiny.
He wants you to learn through school, through the lessons of life, take the tests and trials that it brings–and come out of it better than you were before.
Tests are also meant to show what’s in your heart. Tests are meant to reveal who and what you are made of.
These tests are not meant to kill you but make you into the person God created you to be.
Tests make you stronger, wiser, and more loving.
And He is using these tests to purify, sift, remove the bad in you to heal your brokenness and trade it for wholeness.
But you need to be willing to go through the tests that come with school.
What happens if you are not?
You may have to repeat the same class. You may have to repeat the same test. Yes, it can seem like a waste of time, energy, and tears. However, humility is the prerequisite to growing, learning and passing the tests of life.
Just know if you do have to repeat the tests of life–
Trust in God and rely on His never changing Character and Love for you.
Don’t be afraid.
It’s only a test.
And it’s only for a season.
And just like every season,
It’s going to be alright.
Take refuge in His strength, and in His grace that you may excel in the school of the Lord and the tests of time.
When gold is tried, it’s purified.
You have gold in you. Let God correct you and discipline you so His best can shine in YOU.
You can do this. Allow Him to get you through every test and trial and you will pass.
Every single one.
Lord, help me, help us, to abide in you, and allow You to teach us what we need to know while we are in school whatever and wherever that may be. And when we go through tests and trials, help us to remain faithful to you, no matter the pain, endure and stand strong.
Help us to learn and be bold in our faith so we can be ready for the tests of life that are coming ahead. Thank you for purifying us, and bringing us out like gold. Heal us. Restore us. Make us new again. In Your Son’s Name, we pray….
Have a beautiful Sunday.
God bless you.
Shining like gold,
Question: Tell me, what test has God brought you through? And what kind of lesson did you get from it that you can now share with others? I love to hear from you, comment below 🙂