What is life all about? Could life be a test? Could life be a test from God? Can the purpose of life be compared to learning lessons so that we can pass a test? Is life a test?
Is life a test?
Yes, life is a test! We can pass the test or we can fail it. Life is allowed to test us as to what we are and what we want to be. How we react to the life and the circumstances that we face will determine our future. How short or how long the test lasts is not the importantthing. Our attitude towards God, what goes on around us, and how we treat the people around us is the important thing and will determine the results and our future.
How long is the test?
The test is our entire life. The test continues until we die. So the test could be very short or over a hundred years. Sometimes the test lasts a little while and can end suddenly by our death. Sometimes, the last few years of one’s life can be the worst and very painful. I have seen older people get diseases and very painful ones. Sometimes there is little that doctors can do. Eventually death ends the pain, the suffering, and the test.
Is it a fair or just test?
Since life is a gift that is given us, then we have nothing to complain about. Even if we suffer much, the test is temporary and short in comparison with the reward of everlasting life in a paradise. (See 2 Corinthians 4:17-18) So when we begin the new life, the everlasting life, free of pain and suffering, we will really appreciate how short the suffering was.
Think of this: Are you not glad that people are checked before boarding a plane in which you are traveling? If you were in a race, would you not view it as right that everyone is tested as to whether they are following the rules? Would you buy an automobile that was untested? We can see that tests are very necessary and serve a beneficial purpose.
Is God testing us?
Yes, God can test us as he tested Abraham. (Genesis 22:1) He may ask us to do something or go through a situation that might be very difficult, so as to test our degree of love, trust and obedience.
He can also allow the Devil, the chief troublemaker, to test us. (Genesis 2:15-17; Job 1:11-12; Matthew 4:1-11) The Devil wants us to worship him, to follow him in his hatred for God and rebelliousness against God. So he may stir up trouble for us, so that we stop following God, become angry at God, or dissatisfied in following God because he doesn’t do things fast enough for our liking.
Other people may test us: our family, our friends, our neighbors. (Matthew 10: 32-39; 16:21-23; 24:4-5) Other people can try to influence us away from doing God’s will. They may try to mislead us so that we follow them instead of God.
Life’s circumstances, happenings and events may also test us. (Ecclesiastes 9:11) Whatever may happen to us or around us: will we still live by God’s commandments, directions, and ways?
We are also to test ourselves. (2 Corinthians 13:5) We are to constantly monitor ourselves as to what we are doing or as to what we are becoming. Are we improving ourselves or are we backsliding?
Even Jesus Christ was tested. (Hebrews 4:15) So everyone is tested. So,no one should complain. We should really appreciate being tested, so that only the right kind of people will enter the kingdom of God. Don’t we want to be the right kind of people?
What about those whose life is very short or are aborted before given a chance to live?
The test was very short for them. Death brings a quick entry to the New World. (Romans 6:7) There, under very favorable conditions we will face another test. This test will be one of desire. Will we desire to submit to God’s way of ruling and doing things? Adam and Eve faced that test, made their choice and eventually died and disappeared from the universe, never to be seen again. In the New World, we will all face a similar choice. (Revelation 20:7-10)
Who is running the test or doing the testing?
God is running the test. So, we can be sure that the test is fair and just. The results of the test are determined by each one of us. While others can do what they want, whether we succeed or fail the test is one hundred percent in our own hands. We each have the same choice.
What are we supposed to do to successfully pass the test?
The objective of this life is to find God, get to know him, learn his ways and follow them. This will result in our living the best life possible now and perfect life in the future paradise where there will be peace, love, and no pain or suffering. So this life is really a preparation for a better life.
What is proved by a test?
What is the point of a test? Is it not to prove how good or how strong is something? (1 Peter 1:7) Is it not to see if something or someone meets certain required and important standards? It is like when someone goes for a test to get their driver’s licence. The objective is to see if the person qualifies to get the driver’s permit. It is up to them to study the rules of driving and get the training to drive the automobile properly and safely.
Would you get on an airplane that has not undergone any tests? Everything and everyone has to be tested to see whether it is fit or unfit. God allowing us to be tested will prove whether we are the right kind of people that will be suitable to live eternally in God’s paradise.
In summary: Yes life is a test. It is a test to see what we want to do. Will we appreciate and love God for creating and giving us life? Will we appreciate the wisdom of listening to God, of obeying God, and of cooperating and working with God as he guides us to living the present and the future life the best and happiest way possible?