Weak or Strong? The Tests of Life

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Sometimes life shows you just how weak you are. Maybe more than once you have found yourself dazed and confused. Perhaps you stood in the dust wondering what just occurred as you watched the dust swirl around you. Is life full of tests? If so, are you passing or failing? In these times, are you weak or strong?

Perhaps you’ve heard the quote by Jack Kornfield that says, ”This life is a test – it is only a test. If it had been an actual life, you would have received further instructions on where to go and what to do. Remember, this life is only a test.”  Life might be a test but thankfully there are further instructions on what to do and where to go. In addition, when you understand that life is a test, you realize that there is nothing that is insignificant in your life.

Everything that happens in life whether big, small, good or not so good has significance to our character. Each incident provides an opportunity to grow and depend on God. This is because each time we run into problems we see that we are weak. This is a good thing because it directs us to the answer key. Thankfully, God wants us to pass the tests of life and He provides the way through His grace to select the best answer each time.

When we experience the tests of life, we should stop, and take the time to redefine the issue from a problem to simply another test. When we change our perspective to see problems as tests then it is possible to see them as an acceptable part of life rather than a stressed-out challenge that is going to do us in. This is because it is in this place that we can recognize our own limits and depend more on God than ourselves.

Depending on God for the Answers

This week, our focus verse centers around the importance of depending more on God so we can see His power and deepen our relationship. There is no better teacher for this lesson than through the teachings of Saint Paul. Paul repeatedly tells us in his writings how important it is to see our weaknesses, so we can depend more on Christ. We are to look to Jesus more and look to ourselves less. Realizing that our weaknesses are not God punishing us but instead Him allowing us to grow in His strength through the test.

Each time He said, ”My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So, now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

God provides the answers to the tests of life through His strength. It is in fully recognizing that you can’t solve your own problems and aren’t made to do so that you successfully pass through the test. It begins by admitting your weakness before God. Once this first step is clearly taken, your character through Christ develops, and your relationship deepens.

Weak Can Be Strong

Realizing that it is through Christ that you can face the challenges of the tests moves you through the tests as you see you can do His will. It is in and through all of this that He will strengthen you as you commit more to Him. We, as humans, are weak and made strong only through Christ just like the hymn, Jesus Loves Me, says. ”They are weak, but He is strong.” It is so important during the tests of life that you not only recognize this but find rest in your dependence upon God.

A.L. Williams says in his book, The Exam, that life is only a test, but living is the real deal. God created this beautiful world for you to live in and through the tests of life if you depend fully on Him for all your answers then you can really live.

Won’t you challenge yourself today to examine your weaknesses before God and seek His help? Allow your convictions in Christ to deepen your relationship by recognizing your dependence upon Him. Find your motivation through God’s power displayed in your weaknesses giving you not only courage but hope. Lastly, stand in comfort knowing that He is ready to strengthen you in all the areas of life being tested as you give them over to Him for the answers.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness.

Jean Vanier

Extra Study

Philippians 4:13

What are Your Thoughts?

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