This Is Only a Test…

When I was a kid, one of the most annoying frustrations was to be sitting in front of the television watching Saturday cartoons only to have the EBS break up my bliss and declare, “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In the event of a true emergency…”

That was probably one of the first tests of patience I had to overcome as a kid. Now that I’m an adult, the stakes are much higher. I have since learned there are always times of testing. Testing strengthens us for the trials ahead. Or, it can prepare us for promotion and greater responsibilities.

In this season of Lent, we observe the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness and His season of testing. If Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to be tested, we should not become as alarmed as we do when we are tested as well.

The most rigorous tests I’ve endured have allowed me to put other things in perspective. What I once would have viewed as major disruptions, I can dismiss as minor annoyances.

We can be tempted to acquire the things we want out of God’s timing. Satan tempted Jesus, but our Savior refuted him with Scripture.

People test us. The people we love usually test our patience, endurance, faithfulness, and commitment. Yet, these are the same traits we wrestle with in our relationship with God.

Testing is most trying when God is silent. Though He may be silent, God is always present. He supports us through our trials in ways we may never recognize, and He always provides a way out of temptation. It is up to us to recognize it.

As many of us observe Lent and may soon struggle to keep the commitments we have made, be encouraged.

It is only a test.

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
Job 23: 10-11 NIV

Published by Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist

4 thoughts on “This Is Only a Test…

  1. Hi Lilka, been a long time. Again. Hope you are doing well through all this past two years of craziness. And now with Ukraine. I was glad to read this Test post. I remember those ” This is a test…” times. And my husband and I are going through a test with our 18 year old granddaughter who we have tried to help twice since she was 16. We are having to cut her off now so she can “make her own decisions”, as she puts it. God will prevail during this test as He always does. I just hope we will prevail! Lol. Take care and have a good 2022.

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    1. Greetings!

      So good to hear from you. I think we have all been tested beyond measure these past few years! Keep praying (it works)! God can surely put His hand on your granddaughter and turn situations around even though it looks like NOTHING is changing for the better. I have seen this first hand time and time again.

      I pray you are well and thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated. We will see if I can find my way back to WordPress more often 😉

      Take care and B Blessed!

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