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Does God sometimes test our faith by letting hard times happen to us? If so, why does He do it? Doesn't He already know whether or not our faith is genuine?


Sometimes God does test our faith, just as He tested the faith of the ancient Israelites by allowing them to go through hard times in the wilderness, “in order to know what was in your heart” (Deuteronomy 8:2).

Remember: If our faith is weak, it may not be obvious when life is going smoothly and we aren’t challenged in any way. But when hard times come, a weak faith will be revealed for what it really is: shallow and unable to help us through life’s difficulties. It may be anything: an unexpected illness, the death of a loved one, the loss of our job, or even a friend who turns against us. But when hard times happen, the true nature of our faith will be revealed.

But God doesn’t test us because He doesn’t know how strong we are.

Instead, He tests us because we don’t know how strong we are — and we’ll only realize it when times of testing come. The psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).

None of us likes to go through hard times (and God isn’t necessarily behind them, even if He does allow them). But God can use them to show us our weaknesses. And when that happens, we need to ask God to help our faith grow. Testing should make us spiritually stronger — and it will as we turn it over to God. The Bible says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials … so that you may be mature and complete” (James 1:2, 4).

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  1. Onica Busiswe Mahlangu says:

    God is testing my faith right now.

  2. Meeks says:

    Being tested. I don’t know whether it’s a test to see how strong my faith is, or what. Within the last month I have been in 2 car accident, the last accident could have killed me. I managed to walk away from a flipped over car without any injuries. Today someone stole the 3rd car I just purchased. I will praise God in the midst of it all because he’s still God almighty. I was told to ask God what is it that he is trying to tell me, is he trying to grab my attention. So lost and confused right now. I have to keep a positive mind and praise him anyways. I have to stand on his word knowing in my heart that he will never leave me nor forsake me.

  3. Alfreda says:

    I am going through my most challenging period right now. First I lost my job and I decided to challenge the dismissal on the grounds of unfair labor practice, and then I am confronted to face the High Court to defend my property which I inherited. Now I am asking questions like does God test me, or does He want me to change, I am not evensure what to think anymore.

    1. LH says:

      I’m sorry all of this is happening to you! You are not alone as I lost my job almost seven months ago. My child and I are facing homelessness in less than a month if I do not find a job. My situation saddens me. However, God is good! So, I have hope and you should too! God will never leave nor forsake us! I know God is faithful! What a TESTimony we’ll have to encourage others once the TEST is over!
      Dear Heavenly Father, Your word says You give wisdom generously to all who ask. So, I ask for wisdom to know what we should do. With direction on what to do, Father also give us the courage to do it! In Jesus name, I pray, Amen!

  4. David Josephat from Tanzania says:

    this word has help me understand, i have been tested in terms of strong illness. Now I have understand my status of Faith in GOD, I thank him a lot. God bless you!

  5. Nicholas says:

    Am just suspecting that what the Church of God is going through today is as a result of our faith being tested. We need to stand strong in prayers !