Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 21, 2018

Cultivating Growth

“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” I Chronicles 29:17 (NIV)

No one likes them. Most people dread them. And if we could, we’d probably avoid them. And when it’s over, we sigh a breath of relief. So why do “tests” have such a huge impact on us? Could it be the unknown results? A hush hovers when prayers are offered for one who is undergoing health tests. Wonder if it’s the lack of preparation? Cramming for a final test leaves us regretting procrastination. Perhaps our dread of tests stems from our avoidance to discover what we really know.

Whatever the reason, just the mention of the word “test,” and we envision the worst. But when God mentions the word “test,” He envisions the best. Designed to cultivate growth, deepen faith and enlarge our trust each struggle has the potential to stretch us out of the norm. What we do and how we respond in those moments of testing reveal where we are in our relationship with God. And sometimes, the honesty of our shallow self-dependency hits us square in the face. Sometimes, we sink in the mire of testing and cave in as spiritual immaturity rises to the surface. But then there are those exhilarating moments when we emerge stronger, empowered and more in love with God than we’ve ever been before. The secret – simply seeking, leaning, trusting, and walking in sync with Him even when our world caves around us. When we yield to what He is working in our lives then we will truly be amazed as God steals our breath away.

“Father, how sweet to trust You in the tests of life and experience the joy of complete surrender to Your will.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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