The Morning of the Big Exam

When your back is up against a wall and you look all over and there’s no one standing with you  – it’s normal to make you want to question where is God?  Meanwhile, could it be that God is trying to determine or assess your strengths, weaknesses, knowledge and skills?

It’s like the anxiety you feel on the morning of a major exam. You know you’ve got this because you’ve recited the scriptures from memory repeatedly but on the morning of the test you experience a FAITH blockage as the facts stare right back at you waiting for your response.   

This is too important an exam to have a ‘no show’ written across your name therefore you must find the courage to either step forward and do the best you can OR run away as far as you can and never come back.

Accepting the challenge is the toughest decision you will ever have to make but it’s worth more credits than running away and never coming back.  A stressful situation brings out the best and the worse in everyone. Like the prophet Elijah you want to flee for your life believing that you are the only left to fight this battle. And then God shows up reminding you in a still small voice that there are countless followers of Jesus Christ who kept the faith and finished the course.

Absolutely, there are those scary moments when the spirit of fear of the unknown cripples your every effort to step out boldly. All you really want to do is to flee into a solitary place and hide among the rocks hoping no one will see you. The Psalmist David reminds us that there’s no place we can hide from God’s presence, and His love.

Your tears are bottled up in Heaven not one falls to the ground and evaporates without God seeing. Tears travels to God faster than a speeding bolt of lightening so you can rest comfortably in His understanding of the situation. Revelations 21:4 says, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

God is trying to determine or assess your strengths, weaknesses, knowledge and skills. Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life. This too will pass.

It’s intimidating to be in a dilemma thinking that you are not quite ready for what’s happening but when your confidence is in God – know for a certainty that all God is asking for you to do is to show up, be strong in faith and courageous in the test. 

Settle your nerves and find your strength knowing that after the test there MUST be a testimony. God keeps track of all your tests results while He is bottling up your tears. There’s NOT one man-made drug on earth that will ever permanently remove fear of the unknown so relying on your faith in God is the better of the two options.

GOD soothes your fears and strengthens your heart. God’s strength is made prefect when all your strength is gone. He carries you when you can’t carry on. When there’s nothing more you can do – just show up and complete the test. The longest day still have 24 hours. The longest week still only have 7 days. But quitting will give you a lifetime full of regrets. 



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