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Purpose of Testing
Testing, Purpose of
He sat by a furnace of sevenfold heat,
As he watched by
And closer he bent, with a searching gaze,
As he heated it more and more.
He knew he had ore that could stand the test;
And he wanted the finest of gold—
To mold as a crown for the King to wear;
Set with gems of a price untold.
So he laid our gold in the burning fire,
Though we fain would have said him nay;
And he watched the dross that we had not seen,
As it melted and passed away.
And the gold grew brighter, and yet more bright;
But our eyes were so dim with tears,
We saw but the fire—not the Master’s hand—
And questioned with anxious fears.
Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow,
As it mirrored a form above
That bent o’er the fire—though unseen by us—
With looks of ineffable love.
Can we think it pleases his loving heart
To cause us a moment’s pain?
Ah! no, but he saw through the present loss
The bliss of eternal gain.
So he waited there with a watchful eye,
With a love that is strong and sure;
And his gold did not suffer a whit more heat,
Than was needed to make it pure.1381
When American Airlines trains their pilots they first seek to prove them by use of a simulator. The simulator is designed to present the pilot with a variety of potential problems so that he will be able to handle any emergency in the future. First the pilot is tested with simple challenges, which eventually build up to catastrophic situations. The pilots are given more difficult problems only after they have mastered the previous ones. The result is that when the pilots have completed their courses, they are prepared to handle any problem that comes their way.
This is similar to God’s method of working with us. God teaches us how to handle the problems of life, but never gives us more than we can handle. He teaches us through each situation, so that we can be fully prepared and mature people, ready to handle any challenge in life that might come our way.1382
Michael P. Green. (2000). 1500 illustrations for biblical preaching (pp. 374–375). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books
Michael P. Green. (2000). 1500 illustrations for biblical preaching (pp. 374–375). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books

Life is full of many transitions. A transition is a “period of moving from one state of certainty to another, with an interval of uncertainty and change in between.”

Many transitions occur throughout life that have the potential of becoming crises: the transition from being single to being married; the transition from the 20s to the 30s and the 30s to the 40s; the transition from being a couple to being parents; the transition from being parents to having an empty nest; the transition from having an empty nest to becoming grandparents; and the transition from being employed to being retired.

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