Have you ever failed a test? We all have. You attended all the classes, studied and reviewed the material over and over again. You even thought you did well until the test came back with a low score.
What went wrong? Nothing. The test is designed to trick you. Haven’t you heard? There are usually four possible answers. Two are obviously wrong. But, the other two—they are very similar. One of the other “wrong” answers is partially correct. That’s the possibility that deceived you.
Life’s tests are no exception. It is full of tricky questions like these:
- Where should I live?
- Which job should I take?
- Who is the right spouse?
- Which friends are best?
- How should I respond?
Fortunately, we get many “re-takes” in life. Ever notice how the same “problem” shows up again? The situation is the same but the specifics are different. (Same problem, different people; same problem, different city; same problem, different job) Starting to see a pattern?
If we keep getting the same problem wrong, even after studying, it’s time to consider this possibility: Perhaps our notes are incorrect or maybe our logic is faulty. So, we need to make some adjustments if we want to pass the next test. Instead of copying the notes from other students—you know calling friends and family who can only tell you what they think you should do—let’s get our information directly from the teacher.
Our teacher is the “Word of God”. Don’t get angry at the teacher if the Teacher says you’re wrong and points out your mistakes. You do want to get better, don’t you? As we read the Bible it will show us what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong.
2 Timothy 3:15-17, Living Bible
You know how, when you were a small child, you were taught the holy Scriptures; and it is these that make you wise to accept God’s salvation by trusting in Christ Jesus. The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.
The fastest way to learn is to embrace correction and keep trying. We will eventually get that problem right if we keep trying.
Did you know Jesus is the “Word of God”? (John 1:1-3, John 1:14) Jesus will give us wisdom and power not only to do well on our tests, but to get a perfect score. He got tired of seeing students fail in life, so He decided to come down and take the test Himself, pass it and then give all of His students the answer key.
1 Corinthians 1:30, New Living Translation
“God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.”
On our own, we are all poor students, struggling to get even a few questions right, but through Christ we can be “straight-A” students. How in the world can we do that? Receive the answer key–Jesus. Then, study Jesus’ life and His Word. Finally, we apply the Word of God to our lives and obey its teachings.
Be honest. Sometimes we don’t like the answers in the Word of God. Now what? Jesus is also the brilliant, wonderful Teacher who actually loves us. If we ask, He will change our hearts so we will be able to receive correction. If we ask, God will send the Tutor (the Holy Spirit/the Spirit of Christ) to live inside us (Luke 11:13).
- John 14:26, New King James Version – “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
- Hebrews 8:10-12, New Living Translation – “…I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already. And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
- Isaiah 54:13, New King James Version – “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”
No matter how many times we have failed in the past, we can pass every test we face in life through Christ who makes us perfect.
Colossians 1:26-28, Living Bible – “He has kept this secret for centuries and generations past, but now at last it has pleased him to tell it to those who love him and live for him, and the riches and glory of his plan are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ in your hearts is your only hope of glory. So everywhere we go we talk about Christ to all who will listen, warning them and teaching them as well as we know how. We want to be able to present each one to God, perfect because of what Christ has done for each of them.”
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JEWISH PROFESSOR SAW JESUS CHRIST IN AN OPEN VISION AND THEN THIS HAPPENED…
After reading Isaiah 53, he asked this question? “What’s Jesus doing in my Hebrew Bible?” This passage from the Old Testament points to Jesus being the Messiah.