God has come to test you…’ Exodus 20:20
Do you remember the tests you took in school? You either passed or failed, but you couldn’t avoid them. Life works that way too. When it comes to life’s tests-you must prepare yourself in advance! Jesus said: ‘…a wise man…built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall…a foolish man…built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall’ (Matthew 7:24-27).
The first man built his house on rock because he knew it wasn’t a question of ‘if,’ but ‘when,’ a storm will come. The second man built his house on sand because it was cheap and easy. When the storm came the first man’s house stood and the second man’s house fell. What’s the point Jesus was making? Your talents and your reputation may get you to the top, but if you haven’t built strong character you won’t stay there long.
Furthermore, your beliefs may be sincere and line up with what other people around you think, but unless they’re founded on God’s Word they’ll fail you when you need them most. Three times in the Bible we read, ‘…the just shall live by faith’ (Romans 1:17). When the tests of life come, you’ve got to be able to rise up and say, ‘I may not have all the answers, but I have proven God’s character and track record and I’m trusting Him to do what He’s promised in His Word.’ Amen!