The Test - Saturday's Dose - September 28th 2013

Saturday's Dose - September 28th 2013 

The Test        

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin
against you. - Psalm 119:11 (NIV).

During my childhood, there was a day at school I always
dreaded. It was the day the teacher told us to put our
pencils in the groove on our desk, fold our hands, and sit
up straight while she passed out upside down sheets of paper.
These were our tests -- the questions that would indicate
how well we'd learned the lessons she had taught that year.
Earlier in the day, I'd have sat with a group of my friends on
the back steps while we took turns asking each other the
questions we thought might be on our tests. We prepared
for the exam by hiding in our memory the words found in
our notes and texts, hoping to be able to retrieve them if
they showed up on our test.

Each year, an anniversary date rolls around that reminds
me of a different type of test -- one of those life tests where
I was stripped of my usual family support, friends, and
familiar environment. Several years ago on that date, I left
the hospital after having spent nearly five months there.
At times during my lengthy stay I'd been too sick to read my
Bible. Some days I was even too sick to pray. All my energy
seemed to be used up just trying to live. The day I left the
hospital at the end of those months of physical testing and
pain, I knew I'd passed the test. How? Time after time during
my illness, God had given me strength to face each day by
bringing to my mind His words from Scripture -- the ones I'd
hidden in my heart prior to the time of testing.

If we hope to come through and pass the difficult times in our
lives, times of illness or trouble, then we must prepare before
the day of the test. God has given us beautiful promises in
His Word. What better time than now will we have to hide
these promises in our hearts?

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, thank You for Your
provision for us. Help us to prepare for the times of testing,
and comfort us with Your words during these trials.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team