Testing for the Better

Testing of your faith is not to set you up for failure, but success.

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As a programmer, I write just as much if not more test code than functional code. Why is that? I need to prove to myself, my teammates, and our bosses that what I’m delivering performs exactly what was requested.

Now, imagine that if my test failed the first time I ran it against my functional code and I threw up my hands, gave up on it, and left it orphaned and abandoned for all of eternity. That would be absurd. It would be in my best interest to make whatever slight adjustments were necessary to correct the mistake rather than discard the whole thing.

So it is with our faith as well.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
James 1:2–4 MSG

Let the test do its thing.

The best teachers utilize tests to show us what we don’t know so we can improve. Not only that, but they also serve to show us what we do know. Armed with such information, we can then know our strengths and weaknesses to build upon. Without it, we’re stuck exactly the way we were before.

None of this is comfortable. None of this is easy. But that’s exactly why we need to do it.