It’s a common thing in our Christian walk for God to put us through tests. He puts us in a hard situation and we either handle it right, or we handle it wrong. If we handle it wrong, eventually we come back to that same test and do it again. We do it again and again until we do it right.
I was thinking about this the other day. It’s always been explained to me that God puts us through tests to see how we’ll do. If we do good, He knows we’ll do good later on when it comes back up for real. But this doesn’t really add up.
God knows everything. EVERYTHING! He knows the past, the present and the future. This means that He knows exactly how we’ll deal with problems when they come up. So the reason He puts us through tests isn’t to see if we’ll pass or fail.
What is a test?
In school, a test comes at the end of the year (or term or whatever) to evaluate how much you’ve learned. It basically is the end of whatever you’ve learned and if you don’t pass it, then you didn’t learn it. This doesn’t really sound to me like what God does.
God’s tests aren’t so that He can evaluate what you’ve learned. He already knows what you know and how you’ll handle problems in the future. God’s tests are more like pop quizzes.
What’s a pop quiz?
In school, a pop quiz has hardly any affect on your grade (if any at all). Without anyone knowing about it, you’re given the quiz and you have to take it. Sometimes they even come up before the teacher has taught any of it. You don’t have time to prepare or study. You just write down what you know.
These quizzes are so that the teacher knows how much you’ve learned so far and what he needs to reteach or teach next. They also help you to learn. When you take these quizzes, you get an idea of where your weakness are. You realize what you do and don’t know.
God throws these pop quizzes at us so that we can learn, not to test if we have learned it yet. After you come through a quiz, you can look back and see how you did.
Did you handle it right? Did you have the right attitude? Did you say the right things? Did you go to God for help? God doesn’t need to know these things, you do.
When you know how you react in a quiz, you can adjust how you’ll react the next time.
for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Proverbs talks about the righteous and the unrighteous a lot. In this verse it says that the righteous man gets back up even if he falls seven times. This righteous man is going through God’s quizzes. God has put some sort of stumbling block in front of him so that he can look back and see why he tripped and fell. Each time he gets up, he’s a little stronger and knows what to do better the next time. After getting up the seventh time, I’m sure he will never stumble the same way again.
Have you fallen seven time? I’m sure I have. When you fall and you don’t do well on one of God’s quizzes, get back up. He doesn’t do it to evaluate you and damn you to hell, He does it to help you learn how to get past it the next time.