Summary: When trials and tribulations come your way, just remember that "It’s Only A Test!"
In life we are faced with difficult situations and challenges. At times it seems as though our situations are the final chapters of our lives. Our jobs pose problems for us or even our health may begin to fail us. It seems as though everything we’ve tried is not working.
Well I have some good news. “Your Condition Is Not Your Conclusion.”
I don’t have the time that I wish to expound on this subject so I will speak on one point.
Point Number One: “It’s Only A Test”
Looking at the scripture, Paul was on a ship and was caught in a terrible storm for fourteen days. It seemed as though the end was near. Paul had the faith that it took to see things through, but the prisoners and the guards could not see.
God uses unpleasant situations to put you through a test to prove to you that He is God and God alone. It also proves that your condition is not your conclusion. God had already promised Paul that everyone on the ship would be saved from death.
Now these men were caught in this terrible storm for fourteen days. They were concerned about their lives. Paul was the only one that was confident that everything was going to be alright because he had spoken with the angel.
Paul knew that this was only a test. Remember what God said through the mouth of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:17, he said, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
But if we read a little further to the verse 18, it says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Your condition is not your conclusion. This is only a test, and also your condition is not your conclusion.
Moses had a condition. He was a murderer. If you read Exodus 2:12, he slew an Egyptian and hid him in the sand. It was his condition, but it wasn’t his conclusion. God used Moses an ordinary man to do extraordinary things.
There was a man named Naaman. Naaman had a condition. Naaman was a leper. If you read 2 Kings 5:10, Elisha told Naaman to go the the River Jordan, that old muddy River Jordan and to dip himself seven times and his flesh will be as clean as a newborn baby. Being a leper was his condition but it wasn’t his conclusion.
People thought that when Jesus went to the cross that that was his conclusion. It was his condition, but it was not his conclusion.
On that Friday, He hung on that old rugged cross, and He died. But early Sunday morning on that third day, He got up with all power in His hands.
That’s why our condition will never be our conclusion as long as we trust and believe in Jesus Christ.