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Marriner’s Moments: Reflections: From Tests To Testimonies – Part 3

By Pastor Melvin O. Marriner
Grove Church

There comes a time in our life when God will test us as we have never been tested before. No one comes out of this life untouched and unscathed from some kind of trial or test. When this happens, PERSEVERE. Remember, if you do not pass the test, you will have to re-take it!

Sometimes we fail the test because we refuse to believe that God – in His infinite and compassionate wisdom – allows certain things to happen to us or those we love. Our rationale is, if God loves me, why would He allow this pain, suffering or trial?

Tests can be hard pills to swallow. Sometimes we simply refuse to accept that they are for our own good or benefit. The truth is, though, that tests help strengthen our personal level of faith; they draw us into a closer relationship with Christ, and they make us stronger. 1 Peter 5:10 reads, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” (NASB) When we go through the trials of life – and survive them – we realize the strength we have and the peace that Christ can give. Moreover, we are able to help others navigate through similar hurts, pains and disappointments, as we share our testimony with them.

We must also learn to be honest with ourselves and with God. When we have a personal relationship with Christ, it’s okay to admit our hurt and disappointment to Him; after all, He already knows our heart, so He is not shocked by our revelation. We are works in progress and if we never go through anything, if life is always happy, how can we expect to grow or become closer to Him?

As we approach this holiday season, my prayer is that you experience the joy and blessings of a more deep and personal relationship with Christ.
Peace and power

© Dr. Melvin O. Marriner,
December 2016

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