Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me.
There are many tests and trial that we endure in this life. I believe that the types of test can be condensed to four distinct categories.
- Pressure test – reminds me of when my mom used to can tomatoes. Once the pressure was built up enough, the steam would overflow from the spout. We do that. Hold circumstances, events and disappointments inside until it bubbles over. Psalm 50:15 tells us to call on Him, when we do, He delivers us. Here’s the kicker, in that deliverance from the pressure, we are to glorify Him. We are commanded to give Him the glory for overcoming the trial.
- People test – everyone, and I mean everyone will disappoint you in some way, shape or form. The answer to our worries, depression and dissatisfaction is not found in another person but only in God. Isaiah 2:22 is very clear about such a thought. “stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?” People cannot save you. We place hope and trust in people that will lead us to destruction. Isaiah 49:23 says that once we see people for who they are, then we will know that He is the Lord.
- Commitment test – Ecclesiastes 5:45 “when you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed. Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.” What commitment have you made to God that you haven’t followed thru on your promise? It is a test of our character. A weak person does not follow up on a promise without an action.
- Priorities test – Placing a job, task or person above something else. We all do it, don’t we? Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek His kingdom first, once we do, all things will be added to us. Keep in mind that God doesn’t place chess. We should never seek out to do God’s work for God to give a blessing. Our actions should glorify Him always not just when we need something. Call upon God in all ways and in all situations first and foremost. Rest in Him only.