You’ve all heard the saying; “Your test will become a testimony.” There’s no denying that fact, however, here’s the rub. What kind of testimony? Will your test bring you closer to Christ or push you further away? How does the world see you responding to the trials and tribulations in your life?
The ultimate test of all times occurred in Bible times, with a man named Job. I’m always blown away by verse 22 of Chapter 1. The Word says;
“In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.”
It was God who brought Job to Satan’s attention in Job 1:8. “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Of course Satan was quick to answer the LORD with a question in verse 9. “Does Job fear God for nothing?
God had hedged Job and his family in and made all he did to prosper. In the latter part of verse 12 we read; “So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.”
Light and dark have nothing to do with each other. Light has one agenda and dark has another. Man’s enemy is over the powers of darkness and destruction. Satan went after Job and everything he had, his children; his possessions and his flesh. His agenda was clear; to destroy the testimony of this servant of God.
However; the LORD said to Satan, in verse 12a “Behold all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
God, the One who is Light, continued to hedge in his servant Job. The ruler of darkness would not be allowed to kill this child of God.
Satan the one who destroys; killed Job’s servants. The fire of God fell and burned up Job’s sheep and more servants. His camels were stolen. More servants were killed. A great wind came across the wilderness and killed all his children.
Here’s the part I will never get over: In verse 21 “Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
Job then said “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
My husband and I have a good friend named Danny Benton. He is a strong servant of God. He has escaped death now, three times, of which we are aware. Three near fatal accidents, that could have easily snuffed out his life. Satan has tried to kill him all three times. God has allowed each one; however, I am certain because of Danny’s strong testimony and spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ, he is a man like Job; hedged in.
“God has not allowed Satan to snuff out His child’s life.”
You see; with every test, Danny has testified of the grace and mercy of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He always speaks a clear testimony; to the faithfulness and goodness of his God.
Oh dear friend; may we go and do the same. May our tests turn into a testimony.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord God; You alone are worthy of my praise. I worship You and You alone. You know my tests because You brought them.
“The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. Blessed be the Name of the LORD.” It’s for Jesus sake, I offer up this prayer. Amen