God is going to intentionally place some folk who don’t like you, in your way. He’s going to set you up to be in places, surrounded by folk who look at you like you get on their nerves. He’s going to strategically place you at tables with folk who can’t understand why you’re there. Yep, God is going to methodically place you on jobs where you have to fight more than work. He’s going to meticulously put in you in covenant with some folk who cause your hair to go gray. God, has and will, set your feet within a ministry that has made you second and third guess your calling. He has deliberately set you up all so He can elevate you, when the time comes. What do I mean? Well, God is testing what you can handle. See, God has to be sure you can handle the bad and the good. He’s ensuring you can handle the minor before the mega. He’s testing to see how you handle the one bathroom before He gives you three. God is testing to see how you’ll react to losing some folk and things. God is testing to see how you’ll withstand the rain and how you’ll overcome falling. He’s simply checking to see if you’ll preach to the ten, if you’ll teach the two, if you’ll fight for what you believe in and if you’ll go by yourself.
This is why you have to understand your test because not every test is of the enemy. It’s like when Jesus tested Philip before feeding the 5000. The bible says in John 6:6, “He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.” And just like Philip, God already knows us too. What will you do? Will you do like the bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves? Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?” Or will you buckle under pressure? Please understand, failing the test doesn’t mean you fail the course, it simply means you have some work to do. So now beloved, it’s time you get back to the drawing board by pulling out the book and studying. For just like Paul, my prayer for you is this; “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” — Ephesians 3:16-21