I THESSALONIANS 2:4 "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."
PSALM 7:9 "Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins."
PROVERBS 17:3 "The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts."

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I started thinking about the many tests we face in life at a picnic last month. My husband and another man at our church together took over the largest Sunday School class in the church. As they planned their first Sunday School picnic they turned to their wives for help. Carol, and I arrived at the park early and covered the tables and set out food and picnic items for 60 people. We put the hot dogs and hamburgers in the buns and worked hard to see to every last detail right down to the marshmallow roast that was to follow at dark. About half way through the evening Carol, who is a school teacher, whispered in my ear, "We made a F- in picnic." I thought everything had gone extremely well so I was surprised at her words and said, "What are you talking about, everything is fine." She said, "We ran out of food!"

No matter how hard you prepare for life's little "tests", something unexpected is bound to happen. That's what makes life so interesting, there is always the element of surprise just waiting to catch us off guard. At the picnic the surprise was some unexpected visitors. At the work place it may be a boss with an agenda that doesn't match yours or a coworker with an attitude problem. At home it may be a sick child, a car that won't start or a neighbor in trouble. All these interruptions in our busy lives are just minor inconveniences, the test part comes in the way we handle them.

God is always testing our hearts but His testing does not come when we are prepared. He does not warn us on purpose. He likes to try us when we are not expecting trouble. If you are in the middle of dinner and a friend calls needing to talk, or you are watching a favorite TV show (my weakness) and a neighbor in trouble needs help, how do you respond? Next time something unexpected happens, like a flat tire or a barking dog at night, think before you react. It could be God testing your heart!



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