Once I saw some students take an
examination in a center and the sight of them made me think that God’s system of
trial is quite similar. Usually a student is at liberty to write what he
chooses. The examiners do not question him for giving right or wrong answers.
Similarly, God has given man liberty to do good or evil in this world. He is not
accountable for anything during the test of life.
This liberty is essential for
every examination system. But today’s man has taken it wrongly and thinks that
he will not be questioned for his deeds. He may act as he pleases.
Examination systems in this world
grant a degree only after one passes an examination. In the same way, God will
bestow us with His degree (Paradise) after we succeed in the test He has put us
through. Today’s man is a person who is naïve enough to demand his certificate
during the test is undergoing. He is unaware of the fact that he is on trial; so
he yearns for the degree (paradise) right in this world. How can he obtain it
without passing the examination?
The conditions we are destined to
live in are, in fact, a sort of an examination in their very nature. But people
take them as a reward and waste their life away. If someone is blessed with
abounding success and riches, he becomes engrossed in them thinking that he has
got his final reward. In the same way, those confronted with failure and
stinginess wail over them regarding them as his ultimate dismal fate. Whereas
wealth and poverty, success and failure, health and ailments all are tests.
Worth considering is the fact that a degree is awarded forever and what we have
in this world is not meant to be everlasting. So our conditions here can only be
termed as a test not a degree. For it embodies eternity.
Let us hold firm the fact that in
this world all conditions, healthy or unhealthy stand for a test only, not a
reward. Let us take this life as an examination and act accordingly so that we
may deserve the everlasting degree of Paradise. Let us leave wailing over
failures and being proud of our success and realize the fact that both the
states are temporary. Why worry or feel proud then if we cannot make them
permanent. Let us behave as God demands us to behave in these transient
circumstances so that we may evade everlasting failure and achieve everlasting
success. That behavior is humbleness in success and perseverance in failure.
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