A test or an examination is usually very frightening and many candidates due to sit for such exams are hardly at ease until the exam is over. I have taken several exams each lasting six hours. Before I sat for the first six hours, I was really frightened, I had never taken a six hours exam. So I wondered how hard a six hours exam could be. It is until I finished the first exam that “all was well with me.” It was even more exciting after the results were announced and I got an above average grade. And it will even be more exciting when I will be conferred a master degree in a few weeks’ time graduation ceremony.
The Christian life in many ways may be comparable to being a student. We are called to be disciples of Christ, those who will learn from Him to gain certain values, skills, attitudes and principles of the Kingdom of God. Whereas there are no specified exams which a Christian may sit for, some situations in a Christian’s life may be comparable to a test or an examination which must produce a result eventually leading to a graduation. An anonymous writer of a Hebrew Psalm referred to certain tough times which brought a lot of suffering to them as tests, a way of refining to produce pure silver or gold. He writes;
For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people pride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance (Psalm 66:10-12).
Many people keep asking if there is God and or if God loves us, why does he allow all sorts of suffering as seen today. Christians and none Christians alike often experience suffering. I don’t intend to give a comprehensive response to the question of suffering, but I want to encourage you my dear brother and sister in Christ to consider the verses of the Psalm I quoted above.
The bible tells us that when we experience sufferings or trials; “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:3-5).
So know that if we persist in our sufferings or trials, it will produce results which graduates us to from glory to glory in Christ Jesus. Amen! Rev. J
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Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site by donating here.