We all took tests before, mostly when we were in school. We had to study for the test ahead of time before taking it. When test time came, the teacher handed the students the examination, and most importantly, we had to be silent during the test. The same thing applies to the many tests we face in life. Until our test is completed, we are applying the answers from the word of God to reach where God wants us to be. The word of God says to be ready.
I am reminded of the battle of Jericho In Joshua 6. God instructed Joshua to march around the wall 7 seven times and, on day 7, to shout. Joshua led everyone not to shout until they marched around the wall seven times, then shouted. They did as instructed, and the walls fell.
It is good to be silent when we are going through a difficult time until God gives us what to do. It is the time to spend with God to see what he has to say.
How do we prepare for tests in life? Jesus left us an example to follow in his footsteps.
In Matthew 4, Jesus was led in the wilderness to be tested. Jesus prepared for the test through fasting.
In my experience, fasting can prepare anyone for anything that comes. We can do the Daniel fast for 21 days with just fruit, vegetables, and water. We can fast for three days like Esther. You can fast for half a day or 24 hours to prepare for whatever test.
Just like a teacher can come up with a test you were not expecting, life can throw you tests you didn’t see coming.
The time that we usually spend on social media, television, or whatever we love to do, we should spend that time listening/studying the word of God, being silent to hear what God is saying, and praising/worshiping.
When the test came, Jesus was ready. The devil came at Jesus at His weakest time, but Jesus spoke the word of God. After that, the devil did not let up, he came at Jesus several times, but Jesus kept saying, “it is written,” and ran the devil off.
The Bible says God’s word is powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. Now that is powerful!
Until we receive a word from God, just keep thanking Him for what you believe in.
Put your mouth to rest during a test.
Prayer: God, I thank you for being all-knowing and the creator of the universe. God, I know you are with me during every test. I prepare for the test through prayer and fasting. I repent for saying things that are not in line with the word of God. I keep silent during the test until my victory has manifested. In my quietness is my strength. I speak the word only when the enemy throws temptations, attacks my way, and runs the devil off. I thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name! Amen.