Everything is part of a test. Mankind has become part of God’s test after the first man and woman were banished from paradise. It is a test of our free will, and our knowledge of good and evil. Everything around as are, in one way or another, part of this big test. So how do we pass this test?

Like it or not, our test has already begun the moment we were born. Although we might think it is unfair because we were uninformed and ill-prepared, God is always there for us, and He has actually provided us everything we need. It is up to us to realize this and how we can use everything around us in taking this big test. We just need to keep a positive outlook in life.

First of all, we need to know the purpose of this test. After the fall of man, every one of us has fallen short of the grace of God and the right to enter paradise in His kingdom. To regain these things is our test’s objective. Let’s not lose heart. God watches over us faithfully and will guide us on our way.

We next need to know what kind of test(s) does God give. The test(s) can be multiple-choice, situational or both, so we better be prepared. How to do that? Simple. The holy scripture or the bible is our reference material and reviewer. At any given point in our lives, we may find ourselves in troubling situations, inescapable predicament and tragic circumstances. For most of us, these are just some examples of the difficult parts of the test. However, even our most seemingly normal, routine and happy days are also part of the test, and sometimes these can also be difficult tests as well. Why? Because we humans tend to be complacent and relaxed when find that something we do is easy and manageable. Just like when we live in a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle. We tend to get caught up in our own pleasures, desires and achievements that we forget about God being the ultimate source of everything we have in this world. We forget to acknowledge God and remember Him when we are at the pinnacle of success. It is in this way that we are easily tempted to do evil, and thus the “cheating” of the test. The punishment for cheating? Eternal damnation and torment in the lake of fire.

Finally we should take the test of life the best way we can. We need to take into heart the lessons and teachings of the bible for they are God’s words. When we do, the more likely we are going to pass the test. The rewards? Salvation, God’s grace, eternal paradise and our names indelibly and intricately written in the Book of Life. May we find strength in overcoming challenges and determination to take the test in one of God’s sacred teachings in James 1:2–4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

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