The school year is winding down, and that always brings mixed feelings. Students are excited as they can see the end in sight, but many are also apprehensive about the final tests that come with it.
In addition to those final exams are the always dreaded and unexpected pop quizzes. The pop quiz is scary because students can be found unprepared, and the poor grade can be counted against them.
There are pop quizzes in life as well. As a pastor, I study before I preach just like I would study for a final exam, but sometimes there are pop quizzes. Sometimes you or I might get asked a tough question: Why would a loving God allow this to happen? How do you know God is real? How can I know I have eternal life?
In those moments we need to be ready to pass the test. We need to always be studied up, or as Peter put it, “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you.”
Teachers give pop quizzes to make sure their students are studying all year and understanding the concepts they are teaching. God just might give you a pop quiz for the same reason—or so that someone else might come to the faith.
Have you been studying?