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Oct 07 2016

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Test: Truly Evaluating Study Time

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Truly Evaluating Study Time

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I can remember my school-year prayers. Desperate. I hadn't studied. I wasn't prepared. But somehow, Hope against hope, I wanted God to supernaturally help me to do well in a test. Or, make snow fall from the sky and close school for the day, in April.

I look back and see the silliness of that way of thinking. At the time, I was exercising faith.

When I started college, Bible college, I hadn't changed much. I remember a professor praying that the test would be a reflection of what we had learned. My heart sank sometimes with that prayer. Sometimes.

In studying the Bible as my main text, the rest test was not in the classroom. The test came in life. The Bible talks of loving a brother and of forgiveness. Those are real tests we face every day.

When we fail, there is grace.

And opportunity to go back the Book.

Stop.

How are you preparing for the tests of life?

I know I am better prepared when I spend time in God's word and in prayer. When my temper gets the best of me, and I feel the stress rising, the “test results” are telling me to go back and study. Meditate and drink deep of the words of the Bible. Pray and rest in God.

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  1. Jeanne Takenaka

    Cheryl, what a great post. I had those classes in college where I never felt prepared enough for the tests. But you’re right. It’s the tests that come in the course of living life that are a true reflection on how well we’ve learned the lessons God’s tried to teach us. I have some areas where He has to re-test me. Sigh. But, as you shared, His grace is there to lift us when we fall short of a “good grade,” or a positive reflection on a lesson learned.

    1. Cheryl

      I think we get re-tested often. He re-tests not necessarily because we didn’t “pass” but because God is taking the test deeper. I have to revisit humility and forgiveness not because I haven’t been humbled or forgiven but because I am in a process of being made into His likeness. I’m not there, but the lessons and the tests are growing me.

      Thanks for visiting and for your encouragement.

  2. Patricia

    I love the concept of my behaviors – especially when they fall short – are “test results” that reflect my need to study more. To study the Word more. This is a wonderful perspective, thank you.
    Peace.
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    1. Cheryl

      “Test results” are not our end. Thankfully, they are not our end. They are wake up calls to dig into the Word. And pray for God to transform us. We are kept from seeing the grand picture God can see, the one that spans all of eternity, but, amazingly, He works in both our failure and our faithfulness.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Jenneth Graser

    Yes so true! “I know I am better prepared when I spend time in God’s word and in prayer. When my temper gets the best of me, and I feel the stress rising, the “test results” are telling me to go back and study. Meditate and drink deep of the words of the Bible. Pray and rest in God.” Visiting from FMF #33. Thank you!

    1. Cheryl

      Thank you for visiting. May you drink deeply of God’s word and rest in Him today.

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