Preparing For the Final Test

I just finished writing a “final test” for a course I’m teaching at SAGU.  Got some students who are in “deep anxiety” over the prospects of taking it and doing well!  Final tests always become an object of concern for students who care… They’ll review their notes, go over the text, listen for clues for the exam from the prof, and engage in long nights of study for the “big day!”

But this morning during my devotional time that I call “coffee with the Lord” I read of another “test” that has my attention… Here is what the inspired writer had to say about it…

“Blessed is the person who remains steadfast under trial, FOR WHEN HE HAS STOOD THE TEST he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (From James 1:12 ESV)

This is what I jotted in the margin of my Bible after read that this morning: “Help me Lord – strengthen me, fortify my resolve, may I prepare myself with the resources You provide, help me withstand the temptation of giving into trials, may I stand true and strong for You under pressure!  I want to receive ‘the crown of life’ at the end of my journey – my ‘personal final text!’”

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