Here is a topic that winds me up. It upsets me because people get it wrong and they ‘accredit’ God for things that He is not doing. Isaiah 5:20 says, “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil..” Have a look at the attached photo. It says, “Don’t think too much about the problems in life, they are just test papers given by God to see how much we’ve learned in His subject called life. If you think you’ve failed, review it through prayers.” This is the kind of thing that gets posted on facebook and people just like it and share it on to others. But do we actually read it and think about it? If you did, you’ll probably agree with me that it is incorrect. It is not true. Now in another post I criticised people for claiming something was not correct and then not saying what is, so I will endeavour to explain what I believe to be the truth.
They probably get this from James 1:2-4 which says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” Now my point here is that it doesn’t say that these tests come from God. Yes, God does work them for our good (Romans 8:28), but He does not send the bad things. John 10:10 says so. Now I can hear some of you shouting at the screen now and asking what about Job? Asking if God allowing us to be ‘tested’ is not the same thing. Now I don’t believe that what happens in Job is entirely accurate today. In the new covenant, the devil has been defeated, when Job was doing his thing he hadn’t been defeated yet. Things have changed thanks to Jesus! The whole reason for Job is to show God’s faithfulness (see James 5:11), not to show us technicalities. Besides, even in the old covenant, satan still had to get permission to do anything. He has even less power now. 1 John 3:8 says that the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. John 10:10 confirms this. The first half of 2 Corinthians 6:15 says that there is no harmony between God and satan. They oppose each other. This also stands to reason that God wouldn’t tell us to resist satan, and then give satan permission to harass us. Jesus has defeated satan so now we have the power to resist him.
Now if we’ve established that bad things don’t come from God, yet God still uses them for our good, this means that we still don’t need to fear them. So what is wrong with the original statement? Well, the statement calls for a different response to what we should be giving. Let me explain. If something came from God, I’d like to think that we would embrace it. James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil. If something comes from God we should embrace it, but if it comes from satan we should resist it. Different responses depending on where it comes from. That is why it is so important. I’ve known people to say that God has made them sick so that His glory can be seen when He heals them. If that is the case, then I won’t pray for them. I won’t go against the will of God, and if He wants them sick then so be it. Yet Jesus showed us that we should oppose sickness, so that would effectively be opposing God’s will. That is not right. Illness is not from God. Finished. Neither are the ‘tests’ referred to in the picture. We need to oppose them. Not fear them, because we have the authority to overcome them (in Jesus name) and God will use it for our ultimate good, but we need to oppose them.
So when it says .. they are just test papers given by God to see how much we’ve learned in His subject called life.. We know that not to be true. They are from the devil and they are not there to see how we’re doing, they are there to try to defeat us. As for the rest of the comment.. If you think you’ve failed, review it through prayers. I have no idea what they mean here, if any of you can figure it out please let me know. As far as I am concerned, if you think you’ve failed read the Bible, it will show you that if you have accepted Jesus you have definitely not failed. The problem with these things is that they sound good and positive so we assume that it is true, but remember when satan told Jesus to turn the stones into bread? That also sounded pretty good and positive, but it was anything but!
Keep calm and carry on.