Learn the Lesson Well
Trials and tribulations seem to travel in groups. It is very seldom one small problem appears all alone. When you are on the side of the road with a flat tire, you can usually hear a little thunder rumbling and see the rain on the horizon. When you are out there seeing if you can figure out where to put the jack before the flood starts, your son's school calls to let you know he didn't show up for a class today. You tell the principal you will find him and get him there within the hour. As you hang up the phone, you find the jack doesn't fit. You sling it back in your trunk. It lands on a grocery sack containing a six-pack of Pepsi. Three Pepsi cans burst and spray you right in the face. You kick the flat tire, bruise your big toe, and the raindrops begin to fall on your head.
Is there anyone else who can relate to this, or is this only my life? Most of us, of course, would think this was a major ordeal, a trial, a tribulation. We look up through the pouring rain and ask God why. The past month or so I have been facing what I think is an earthshaking, life-altering trial that seems to have no end in sight. I have been asking God why.
There is a man in the Bible who I often read about. His name is Job. He didn't have just one trial, or test, or tribulation. His problems traveled in groups. He indeed faced a major test with major losses, but in the end, he passed the test and went on to gain more than he had before the loss.
I have been feeling a slight kinship with Job. Sometimes we seem to think we really have it bad. We ask God why and think we are being tested. We pray and pray and hope the test will soon end. We hope to pass the test and regain more than we lose. I have been questioning why and hoping my test would soon be over. This week God decided to tell me why, but the answer wasn't at all what I expected.
God answered my question with a question or two of His own. Who am I to compare myself and my problems with Job's tribulation? I have my children, even if they don't always go where they are supposed to, or do what they are supposed to do. I still have a few possessions, a car being one of them, even if it does have a flat every once and awhile. I still have my health even if I do stupid things from time to time like bruising my big toe.
God asked me another question. What comes before every test at school? I thought and I answered, "a lesson." We study and prepare for tests and hope to pass. Sometimes if we do well enough on the lessons we are exempt from the tests.
God asked me one final question. Do you really think this is a test, or is there a lesson you are supposed to
be learning in all this?
I told God I was sorry one more time. Who am I to compare myself to Job. Lessons come before the test. I must find the lesson in this situation. I pray I learn well and gain exemption from the big test.
What problems are you facing which you think are tests? Is it a test, or God giving you an opportunity to learn a lesson