The Proving Ground

stock-footage-a-cross-glows-in-front-of-a-rotating-planet-earth“Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” – Psalms 26:2

Most often in scripture the word “prove” is synonymous with “test“, for it is by examining the results of a test that any student’s progress is proven to their teacher.

The more we prove that we trust God in this life the more we prove that He can trust us in the next. The trials of this life prove to us our fragility, inability, and limits, in comparison to God’s perfection. It shows us not only our need for God (in a selfish since), but our inferiority to Him, (in a humbling since), and places our faith in Him (in a proven since).

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” – 1 Peter 1:6-7

It all comes down to this… We all have been placed in a fallen world that we might learn not to fall in heaven as the angels who left their first estate did, mentioned in Jude 1:6. The fact that Lucifer and the Angels fell proves that there is free will in heaven, so why would God allow more un-submitted, unholy, deceived, and disobedient beings to enter in to do the same? The answer is simple, He won’t. Instead, in His great love and mercy toward us He allows us a time to learn the easy way what the fallen Angels are learning the hard way (which is why they hate man so and labor so intently to deceive, discourage, and destroy us), and that is to learn that He is God alone.

Every trial and situation in this life affords us the opportunity to see this simple truth proven. We can either believe the lie that led to the rebellion of Lucifer’s fall (that he could be as God), and the lie told to Adam and Eve by Lucifer in the garden (that they could be as God) which led to their rebellion and fall also, and choose to be our own god, ever trying to work through the trials and situations of this life in our own ever failing power. Or else we can choose to humble ourselves, admit that God is God and we are not, and stand in faith trusting God, knowing that He alone is God and His will, plan, wisdom, love, justice, goodness, and faithfulness can do what we never could hope to. We must confess that His plan is good, perfect, true and is the only plan that works, we must believe that He is the ultimate power, wisdom, and authority, and we must submit to that truth renouncing all selfish self-idolizations and pride that aligns us with the enemy. We must choose to turn away from the enemy, his lies, and his works and put our full faith and loyalty in God. When we don’t our situations prove that we should have, and when we do our situations prove that our faith was well placed. Over and over and over again this life offers opportunities to prove this simple truth to us that we might learn to serve Him in this life, so that we not need to be severed from Him in the next. In short, our whole life on this earth is simply a test to prove either our selfless humility, trust, and loyalty (which is faith) to God, or else prove our lack of it.

You see, we as humans are already fallen. We have already lost paradise and gained hell for our rebellion against God and heaven. Yet He offers us a way of escape from our well deserved sentence, and grants us a way back in to His Kingdom. One way! Simply humble ourselves, submit to His will, and take that one offer. Confess His deity and lordship, renounce our allegiance with the enemy, and prove our loyalty to Him with our lives.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans 10:8-11

The earth is the proving ground

Prove Me this day. Will you obey?
Will you serve without delay?
Will you tarry? Will you stray?
Will you rebel,
like all those of hell?

Those who fell,
from heavens heights.
Or will you fight the good fight
even through the darkest nights?
This is the test that determines the best
and exposes the rest, not worthy of rest
in the presence of the King.

Because this one thing
I know for sure,
that only the pure in heart will see the Lord
and live forever more
in that land with golden shores.

You see it’s not about earning your way
through heavens gates,
for that can never be.
But it’s about proving that your faith and loyalty
can withstand eternity.

For there was a rebellion in heaven once,
never to be again
because all that enter in now,
must first pass through the proving ground.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:1-2

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