Wayne Burger did a most unusual thing as we began classes at Bear Valley Bible Institute on Monday. As we started our study of Acts 1, on the very first day, before he had taught us anything ... He gave us a test! 25 questions covering the entire book of Acts tested our knowledge of the inspired physician Luke's account of church history.
Why, though, would an instructor give us a test over material he had not even yet taught us? While I do not know exactly all of Wayne's reasonings, I could easily guess: to show us how much we needed him. Those who know Wayne will know that it had nothing to do with ego - he is one of the most humble men you could ever hope to meet. However, Acts is such a foundational book, inevitably, some, even most, might assume they knew it well enough already. Perhaps we would not come into class as focused. Perhaps we would not see the importance of having 2 quarters of a book we thought we knew. And yet, Wayne has been doing this for several years now. He says the average score is about 50.
In the same way, the tests in our lives remind us of how much we need God. In I Timothy 6:17-19, the Lord reminds us that we can forget we need Him. Inspired Paul writes, "Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed."
As students at BVBID, we might have been tempted to think we didn't need Wayne Burger to teach us 2 quarters of Acts. After looking over my graded test, I was reminded of how much I do. Similarly, sometimes we need to be reminded that we need God. Money perishes, beauty fades, and the earth will one day be destroyed. Only those who remember how much we need God and His righteousness have a solid foundation to build on. As we sing, "I need thee every hour, most Gracious Lord..."