Bring on the Pop Quiz

This was a pop quiz for Abraham. God came suddenly to him with the exam. When we read on in this story, we discover that God provides a ram for Abraham to offer as the sacrifice instead of his son Isaac. Unlike our test in school, God’s test are designed to test our faith. His pop quizzes are designed to reveal the level of our...

By the grace of God I have always maintained a pretty good character throughout my life. Jesus has helped me clean up many flaws throughout the years. One of those flaws was procrastination. I was a procrastinator at its best. In school I would always wait until the last minute to complete my homework. Many times I would be working on my homework as the teacher called for it to be turned in. If the homework was a reading assignment, it never got read. Because of this, pop quizzes were not my friend. I hated pop quizzes. The anxiety, the pressure I felt when the teacher would tell us to clear our desk, except for a pencil and a sheet of paper. Pop quizzes made me sweat bullets.

The reason the pop quizzes added pressure to my life was not because they were bad. Quizzes are meant to promote the student to the next grade by testing the knowledge they have in their mind of a specific subject matter. The reason pop quizzes made me sweat bullets was because I was never prepared for them. My life of procrastination robbed me from adequately being prepared for sudden test. Just like my teachers in school, I have learned that God loves to give pop quizzes. His tests come right before His promotions. In scripture we find that God doesn't tempt man, but man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust (James 1:14). However, in scripture we do find that God tests man.  

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” Genesis 22:1-2.

In the above text we find God testing Abraham. This was a pop quiz for Abraham. God came suddenly to him with the exam. When we read on in this story, we discover that God provides a ram for Abraham to offer as the sacrifice instead of his son Isaac. Unlike our test in school, God’s test are designed to test our faith. His pop quizzes are designed to reveal the level of our trust in Him and devotion to Him. Abraham was willing to obey God and offer up his only son as a sacrifice because he loved God and trusted God’s love for him and his family. He knew God would come through and somehow provide a sacrifice to take his son's place.  

Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” Genesis 22:15-18.

Because Abraham obeyed God, because he passed God’s pop quiz, God blessed his socks off. This is God's intentions for all of us. He wants to fill our lives with His blessings (James 1:17). Passing God’s test requires obedience and obedience requires faith. If you are going to have the faith to be obedient to God and pass His test you must be prepared before hand. There is only one way to prepare. Preparation for God’s pop quizzes requires us having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It requires us reading the bible, praying, and worshipping Jesus every day. Our faith in Him will grow as His word grows in us (Romans 10:17). God has blessings awaiting your obedience. No more will we dread His test due to our lack of preparation. May we daily run to His classroom, excited about His test because we are prepared and know His blessings are on the other side of the test.

Blessings, Brandon Burnam