"Tested"

As a boy I went to school to learn A, B and C and sometimes learned a little about me.

A few times I even got to go to Sunday School and there learned a little of the Golden Rule.

I learned about Jesus and John 3:16 and I learned love could be spoken but should more be seen.

Throughout this life it seems I've learned alot but not nearly as much as I've forgot.

Knowledge is great, a wonderful tool and it can make you smart or make you the fool.

I learned A, B and C of which I thought I knew well but then took the test and my proudness fell.

Like most everyone else I learned of a broken heart, by many a false start or of love much too soon to part.

Just when I thought I knew love quite well, then came the test and my proudness fell.

I became a Christian and thought I was walking well but then came test after test and again and again my proudness fell.

When I became a dad, I said, "I will be the best," but then came again the test and I sunk too my knees, a place by now I've learned so well.

I have learned in life you can be a success but you won't know what you've learned until you take the test.

Peter walked on water but when his chest did swell, then down he too went, as his proudness fell.

I have learned that I can fall on my own power but it is Christ that lifts and sustains me in His most timely hour.

This I know that it is ok to strive to be the best but in this world there is but one that has passed the test.

Now today I'll give God my very best as through my life I go, as with His courage I now know, I am yet preparing for another test.

Written by Bob Wood

James 1: 2 .. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 .. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 .. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing

1 Peter 1: 6 .. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 .. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 12: 9. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 .. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong

I as well as most that I know have dreaded taking a test. It seems I could study and study and when test time came my mind did its own thing. I knew others that this happened to but somehow took no comfort to know what we had might be contagious. If this was so, by the end of 12 years, this school would contain a frustrated teacher and hundreds of students looking like deers in the headlights. The real truth is tests are supposed to be hard. They are meant to push us to be better than we believe we really can. God knows our strength and faith are most often weak. The proof is in the pudding so to speak. We recognize our weakness most when we fail or in the valleys of life and most never see our weaknesses while we are on the mountain tops. We see more of the world on the mountain but to see God best, we must often take a view, a test from the valleys of life. Paul said it best when he said, "When I am weak I am strong." Today as you and I climb the ladders of success, let us be very sure we have placed our ladder on the right building. Let's be sure we seek God's will and His plan and when we miss a step and we will; remember to ask God for strength to go ahead and to place our feet on each rung. We have all had faiures in life but the darkness of shadows will always fall behind as we walk toward God's Light. On the greatest test in my life I received my B.A. degree, (Born Again). If you are a Christian you have been tested and will be tested again. This is what prepares us for the next service we and Christ will do together. Each time we as God's gold go through the fires of test, more impurities are burned away and the stronger the gold. Sure the devil may often have his finger in our fire but it is God Who regulates the flame. To God be the glory as we one day look back and call these the good old days. Remember we thought life was hard then but baby look at us now. God is working on us today to prepare us for the journey ahead. God is so good!. May God Really Bless You!. Keep shining and be as good as you can be and when you have a chance you pray for me.

Bob Wood

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