Turning tests into testimonies…..

September 23
Turning tests into testimonies
For reading & meditation – Luke 21
“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.” (v. 13, NASB)

We look now at the third step in the process of dealing with unmerited suffering: don’t spend too much time trying to understand the reason for suffering – focus rather on how you can deal with it. Notice, Jesus spent very little time trying to explain human suffering, much less explain it away. Had He undertaken to explain it, then His gospel would have become a philosophy – in which case it would not have been a gospel. A philosophy undertakes to explain everything, and then leaves everything as it was. Jesus undertook to explain little, but He changed everything He touched. He did not come to bring a philosophy, but a fact. What was that fact? The fact was His own method of meeting suffering and transforming it into something higher. Out of this fact, we put together our philosophy – a system of principles and procedures by which we live out our life in this world. Notice that fact comes first, and then the philosophy about the fact. The good news is not merely “good news”; it is the fact of sin and suffering being met and overcome, and a way of life blazed out through them. The fourth step is this: remind yourself that in God’s universe, He allows only what He can use. In the passage before us today, Jesus gives the nine sources from which suffering comes upon us: confused religionists (false Christs), wars and conflicts in society, calamities in nature, and so on. Then He says this: “It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.” In other words, you are not to escape trouble, nor merely bear it as the will of God – you are to use it.
Blessed Lord Jesus, You who used Your suffering to beautify everything You did, teach me the art of turning every test into a testimony and every tragedy into a triumph. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen.
For Further Study
1. What did Jesus promise?
2. What did Jesus pray?

One thought on “Turning tests into testimonies…..

  1. Glenda T. Goode September 23, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Adversity does not define you nor does it excuse you from who you are and what you know you should be doing. Trials and tribulations are a crucible to refine your character and your purpose.

    My goodness doesn’t that sound noble???????

    The mistake of the first thought is that there is a component of pride buried within. You do not survive and endure to puff your chest and beat your breast as to how ‘enduring’ you are. Beyond the recognition of having suffered and made it, the real purpose a life is to live as reverent of God as possible.

    If you need a reminder of this, just remember who you prayed to for the strength to endure what had befallen you. Always be humble and especially in reference to your achievements.

    Our lives are our own to live and we can either give God the reverence he is due and follow his word, or we can believe we are mighty on our own and then find out what living without God in your heart can be like.

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