Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Are you ready for the test?
In school, at the end of the semester, quarter or year there is a final. The teacher gives the test to see if you will pass the course, qualify for the next semester/quarter, or promote to the next year of education. A lot of times, the teacher gives a study guide, so the students know exactly what was going to be on the test. If you studied for it, you were fine, and you knew you would pass.
This is how it is with your walk with the Lord. A time of testing is coming. Not just a personal test for you, but one the entire world will take. You don’t have to be afraid. God gave you a study guide and told you to use it. The study guide the Lord gave you is the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]. (Amplified Bible AMP)
He also armed you with His promise.
2 Peter 2:9 If the Lord Yahweh rescued Lot, he knows how to continually rescue the godly from their trials and to reserve the ungodly for punishment on the day of judgment. (The Passion Translation TPT)
In the time of testing, when others are falling away or yielding to temptation, The Father will keep you. You have secured the study guide and His promise because of your salvation. Now, you don’t worry about the test and if you will pass when He returns. You can wait actively doing the will of the Father and with expectancy because you are using the study guide to live a life that pleases God.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for teaching me, through Your word, how to be prepared for Your return and how to wait. You are helping me live my life every day as if today is the day Jesus will return. The wait produces hope because it gives me one more day to align my life with Your word. I have Your promise that You will keep me when others are falling away and when everyone else is giving up. I am armed with Your word and I study it daily to keep me from deciding I will live my life anyway I want to. You keep me now and I know You will keep me until then. I stand on Your promise and I wait with hope…