Ezekiel 21:13 A Coming Test

Boy testing

Testing will surely come. And what if even the scepter, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 21:13 

When a person is in school, he knows that there will always come a time of testing. It does not matter what age or what level of schooling, testing will always be a part of the schooling.

The purpose of testing is to find out where a person stands in what he was supposed to have learned. It is a process of asking whether the student has learned anything or not. If the person fails the test, he must retake the class to work on actually learning the information. If he passes the test, he is able to move on to the next level.

God told the people that there was coming a time of testing. It was a time to test their hearts to find out if they are really following Him or not. Everything was showing that they were following idols and that they were failing the testing and would be judged accordingly.

Very few people like to be tested. When people hear that a test is on the schedule, they begin to get worried and filled with high anxiety. They question whether they are ready or not. Many start to cram for information to pass it.

Just as God tested the Israelites, He will test people today. He will test whether the person is following Him or not.

It is easy to say that one believes in Jesus and God, but it is another thing to actually follow and obey God in everything as one believes in Him.

The only way a person can know if he is truly following God is by testing. God has to reveal what is in the heart to know the level of commitment to Him.

Throughout your life God will allow times of testing to help reveal where you stand with Him. These are to allow you to know if you are passing the test of being willing to obey and follow Him with all of your life.

Every time you read the bible or hear a sermon, you are being presented with something to build you more like Jesus. Ask yourself if you are learning and passing or are you failing to learn and failing.

If you fail to learn, you will begin to fall back and may be rejected. Strive to learn to obey and follow God with all your heart. Be like Jesus, not this world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God with all of your life; that you will learn what God is teaching you; and that you will pass the tests God places on you. 

Deuteronomy 8:2 The Reason For Tests

Taking a test

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2

Very few people like to go through testing. It is often a time of high anxiety and fear. The higher the importance of the test, the higher the level of fear and worry a person may have.

Testing usually determines what is next in the life of a person. If the person passes the test, he can move on to the next level in whatever field the test was for. If he fails the test, he steps back and either quits or has to re-take the test.

While the common thought of what a test is, is that it is a written test, the majority of tests people take are not written down. They are tests of character. When a person is working for someone, the boss is testing the person by watching how he works and reacts to things. This is done to determine if the person can get a promotion.

Moses tells the Israelites to remember what they went through in the wilderness. That time of wandering was a test from God. It was an unwritten test to determine what was in their hearts and how well they will follow God’s commands.

Even to this day God still tests people. Even though He already knows what is in their hearts, He tests them to see how they will react to situations and how well they will obey God. Although with God, He gives the answers to the test. He tells people how to act and follow Him. All a person needs to do is obey God’s commands and he will pass the test. Once a person passes God’s test, God will move him forward to the next level.

Think about the hard times in your life, the times of being in a wilderness. Those times are there to help build you up. They are a test to determine how well you will follow God.

Each time you are tested by God, you have to make a choice. Will you follow God’s commands in the situation? Or will you follow the ways of this world?

Following the ways of this world, will be failure. Following God will always be passing. God can then move you up and forward.

How are you passing?

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will recognize the tests of God; that you will pass every test of God; and that you will follow God with all of your heart and life. 

2 Corinthians 13:5 Self Examination Needed



Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

Exams are tests that are meant to show a person what they remember or demonstrate about something that they have learned. When people think about exams, most will think about exams that they had in school. From the elementary school age children to the college student going for a doctorate degree, each one has to go through a time of getting an exam, over and over.

Once people graduate their final year of school, many think that they are done with exams and tests, yet that is not always true. Many companies require annual testing of their workers to ensure they still know what they are supposed to be doing. Many job certifications require a regular testing to ensure they are still doing the job correctly.

It is common for people to fear exams. They worry if they will pass the exam, causing them great anxiety. Some know that there is a good chance they will not pass because they had not studied the material very much. Failure of an exam can mean repeating a class, loosing a job or position, embarrassment, and failure. No one wants to be seen as a failure.

Paul tells the people to examine themselves, to test themselves. Every believer needs to take some time and take a serious look at their lives close up. Ask themselves the hard questions to find out if they really are a believer in Jesus and whether they really are serving God or themselves. They need to find out if they really are trusting God or not.

This type of self-examination can be scary for some people, because they know in their heart that they are not really living for God as they should. There are areas in their heart that they refuse to give over to God. This points to failure. God sees that and is waiting for repentance and a return to Him.

Take a look at your own life and examine it closely. How are you living for God? How are you trusting in God? Is Jesus living in and through you?

If there is any part of the exam you fail, go to God about it. Repent and allow Him to change you. He wants you to pass that exam and will help you to pass it!

I pray today that you will live for God with all of your life; that you will pass the exam of living in faith in God; that you will go to God for any failures in the exam; and that God will build you up in Jesus to pass that exam.