Are you in a season of testing?

I love Daylight Savings Time. My internal clock always seems to know when it’s time to adjust our clocks for maximum productivity! Of course, in the fall, the first couple of days are tough as my internal clock still thinks it’s supposed to wake up at 5 am…I mean 4am. That’s exactly what happened this morning. But I’m making the most of it. Enjoying a fire, some classical music, and a pumpkin bar with my coffee.

Life is all about seasons, and adjustments, and change.

In fact, the better we adjust to changing seasons, the better off we’ll be. If we can learn to lean into times of transition, we can ward off much of the stress and distress that often comes with it.

Of course, this is not always easy, especially when you are in a season of testing. Yes, that is an actual season! (But I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that.) This spiritual season is as real and potentially disruptive as the natural seasons are. During this season of testing, we need to remain grounded in what we know is true and stay focused on where we are headed.

It can also be helpful to understand the purpose of this season. Deut. 8:2 spells it out perfectly:

And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

According to this verse, there are four reasons God tests us:

  • to humble us
  • to prove us
  • to know what is in our heart and mind
  • and to see whether or not we will keep his commandments–even in difficult times.

If you are in a season of testing right now, I encourage you to spend some time with this verse…

Let God show you where you might need to be more humble, where he needs to prove your faith.

Ask him to reveal what’s in your heart and mind (especially those areas that are holding you back, or even hurting you.)

Then examine your life and see if you have been obeying Him by keeping His commandments. This shouldn’t be a legalistic exercise, but a time to consider your habits, lifestyle, and attitude in light of His Word.

We all experience times that test our faith, our patience, our values, and our beliefs. Thankfully, God promises to be with us every step of the way. We can and will come out on the otherside with a deeper appreciation of God’s faithfulness and a greater awareness of His presence. I’ll be praying for you to endure this season and to emerge with a song of praise and victory.

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