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I Must Pass the Test

by Shiela Corro

So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away. –  Isaiah 51:11

sheilaAs I was giving a short spelling test for my students, I was wondering why they were smiling at me. Then I found out that most of them were cheating.

I believed that they cheated because they didn’t want to have a hard time studying and they wanted an easier life in answering the test and to pass it.

Like them, most of us want to have an easier, happier, enjoyable life here on earth, away from problems, hardships, and difficulties. But whether we like it or not, we do experience hardships and challenges. As Christians, we encounter different challenges: tests of our faith, relationships with other people, financial problems, illnesses, family problems, disasters, heartaches and many others.

The Lord didn’t tell us that when we obey his commandments and follow his will, we will have an easier life. Life is a constant test for all of us, a test to determine who are strong enough to handle a greater responsibility to rule the earth with God someday.

That’s the reason that we need to have a stronger faith as a shield and protection from all the trials in life. With our goal to live eternally with our Father in Heaven, we need to pass the tests of life. We need to build a strong foundation of our faith so that if adversaries come, we are still able to stand firmly with God.

Remember that we are not citizen’s here on earth for we are citizens of heaven. We must focus on heavenly things which cannot be seen with sinful human eyes. God has a better place for us. Place that has no evening, no pain, no tears and sorrows. There, we will enjoy the happiness more than we’ve ever dreamed.

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