Monday, November 19, 2007

God's test methodology

100. "O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!"

101. So We gave him the good news of a forbearing son.

102. Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I have seen in a vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills, one of the steadfast!"

103. So when they had both submitted (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),

104. We called out to him "O Abraham! ...

105. "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" - thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

106. For this was a clear trial-

107. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:

108. And We left for him among generations (to come) in later times:

109. "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"

Quran, Suraa 37, Verses 100-109

God is very methodotical in his work. This can be seen from his creation. The universe start from the big bang, time and matter are created in mere nanoseconds after that. Hydrogens were from and stars were created in stages after that.

I believe that God is also methodotical in his trials and tests. In the above verses such trial is given to one of his beloved servant, Ibrahim. Ibrahim was known for his love of children, unfortunately he was not given any, until one day, God blessed his wife, despite her old age , with a son.

I couldn't imagine how happy he must be. And yet, one fateful night, he had a vision. In it, he was sacrificing his son. He knew only too well, being the prophet of God, that the dream was in fact an order. After all this time that he had waited for a son...and now, his son must be sacrificed? One can only imagine the tribulation he is going through, how this commandment is eating him inside.

On that fateful day, he brought his son who willingly agree to what his father's vision, to the sacrificial place. On his way, he was tempted again and again by the devil. Each time he would cast the devil away with stones.

Finally, they had reach the place in his dream where he would sacrifice his son. Just about when he is going to spill his beloved son's blood, just at that time... God intervene and stoped him. God replaced his son with another sacrifice... and this story is celebrated year after year, how a man is wiling to sacrifice anything for his God.

As you can see the methodology is clear.

When God is testing us:

1) God will find that point where it hurts the most.
2) God will push us... push us again and again, God would allow temptation left and right to test if we are rightous and stay on his path, and at the same time God will not stop pushing us.
3) Just when we are at the brink, when we feel there's no turning back... just at that moment, and at that moment only... when all seems bleak, when the pain in your heart eating every single existance of your soul becomes too unbearable... will God come and rescue us.

So if you feel that God's tests and tribulations are hard and lead nowhere quickly, be steadfast, for God will come will come to the rescue.

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