Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
When we returned south for the winter, we attempted to start up our golf cart. It operates on six batteries, which were replaced about five years ago. Each year when we return, we wonder, "Will the batteries take a charge?" Bill and I pushed the cart outside and plugged it into the charger. There was that suspenseful moment's wait, and then the charger started up. The batteries seemed to be taking a full charge. We waited overnight and then we put them to the test.
I then thought of the trials we go through. Why does God put us to the test? In times of trouble, I have felt that my spiritual batteries were drained right down. I couldn't focus on anything, let alone the one I should focus on: Jesus Christ.
Sometimes we have to be pushed to that charger by some helping hands, such as friends in Christ who encourage us to draw closer to Him. We can thank God for them, for once again we can focus on the one, the only one, who can recharge us.
That's how the charger works, if the batteries are willing and able to take the charge. But that didn't answer my question: "Why does God put us to the test?"
In times of testing we become drained, right down. In those times when our minds are in a whirl and our hearts seem completely drained, we tend to focus only on "self". When we are able to surrender to God and let the Holy Spirit come in, peace returns. I believe that, in the trials we endure, He makes us stronger and builds us up, that we may be able to help those who need us in the times that lie ahead.
Prayer: Lord God, come to us this day. Thank You for giving us friends to help us through our trials. Guard our hearts and minds; keep us from Satan's grip. Grant us Your peace that passes all understanding. Thank You Jesus, without whom, we cannot survive. Amen.