This Is Only A Test – Hadiya Brown

He Knows The Way That I Take H.B.


2Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

Deuteronomy 8 NKJV   


    I’ve got two children, so I’m just going to say it: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, in spite of the waves of varying emotions that continue to wash over me and you too. This past week it’s been brought to our attention that violence, ignorance and intolerance don’t take time off for Christmas break. But as a community of believers residing in a world so obviously fallen from His grace, we would be wise to take this time to reflect on the things that truly matter to God.


14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each does its work.

Ephesians 4 NIV   


    Unlike years past, my main focus is not presents underneath my artificial tree. I’m far more concerned with the cultivation and subsequent harvesting of fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). I can think of no better gift for each of us to find within ourselves, along with the intent to share these gifts with others. If it were not to be this way, what would be the point of living in this world and enduring all that it throws at us, straight with no chaser? By the grace of God, let not a single one of us forget that this is only a test for which we have already been given the guide.


Merry Christmas,



8But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. 10But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Job 23 NIV  

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