Tests reveal what is already there. When doctors run tests, they are trying to diagnose a problem that is already in the body. Likewise, a test in school is for determining what someone knows. Tests are not primarily teachers. They are revealers. In the days of Elisha, the Jews in the Northern Kingdom were suffering from a famine because of Syrian military aggression. The reaction of the people provides us a perfect example of the godly and ungodly way to respond to a trial.
Matthew Walker is pastor of College Park Baptist Church in Cary, NC. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University, Maranatha Baptist Seminary, and Piedmont International University. He is married to Becky and together they parent their two teenage children, Aaron and Melanie.