Psalm 26:2 says, “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind…”
Often in scriptures the disciples referred to Jesus as “teacher”. In John 13:13 it states, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.” They knew Jesus instructed them on the way God intended for us to live, and they also knew, if He was the teacher, they were His students.
As students of God, you and I have lessons to learn, and some of those lessons require tests. God wants to teach us faith and His way of life. Why? Because His way is the best way. Simply put, it works.
In high school, I had a social studies teacher who was a young girl during Hitler’s regime. She often spoke of hearing him talk to the people of Germany; her father feared Hitler’s influence greatly. Her father believed the less educated a person was, the easier to persuade toward evil. She was one of the toughest teachers I ever experienced, mainly because she believed in learning the material not memorizing it. Her methods were tedious and often required more time than I wanted to spend on the subject. Her tests necessitated 100% understanding from every student, or we repeated the lesson until we got it. Our class not only learned it, but retained it for life.
God’s lessons are like that for us. He’s not interested in our cramming for His tests at the last-minute and regurgitating memorized garbage. If we don’t learn the lesson today, He’ll just teach it again and again and again until we get it.
I have a friend who often says, “When I face hard times, I get on my knees and ask God to teach me and teach me quick what I need to know so I can move on to something new.”
God is moving us from one level of faith to the next, prompting us to rely on Him, encouraging us to withstand the hardship and become more like Him. Passing those test with 100% correctness is crucial so we can move forward today. Study His word to ace your exam and move to the next level in faith.