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Q:

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?


A:

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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89 Comments

  1. Josie Camarillo says:

    Thank you wonderful article.

  2. Wendy Weh says:

    “The Lord is my shephard I shall not want.” I have been tested and taken through the fire for years on end at 23 years old I can say most of the hard times I went through were a lesson in letting go and letting God. Now he holds my hand through each and every trial. They come less frequently but each one is hotter than the last. Keep your faith!!!

  3. Walid says:

    A person undergoing a period of test should be thankful because God has a bigger purpose for him and he is preparing him spiritually for a bigger role. Jesus, before he started his 3 years mission, he went to the wilderness and was tested. After prevailing, he started his mission. If Jesus was tested, who are we not to undergo the same thing!

  4. Maxmore says:

    I’ve gone through many tests and came out a Victor. Even though it was not easy at times but i had to read the Manual of Life to get through these tests. Thanks to those who refused to give up on me during those trying times. There are still more trials to come but i believe the approach will be different this time. Every day and every hour, God is Faithful to us

  5. Daniel says:

    I’ve been tested so many times, but sometimes I just can’t understand why I cannot make that break through to really become a great believer. Do I pray wrong or what must i do?

    1. BGEA says:

      Daniel, becoming like Christ is a lifelong journey. We’re all tested, and we all make mistakes, but over time, through God’s power, we can be transformed. If you’re interested, you can connect with someone from our team through our online ministry. Just look for the chat button to start a conversation: http://peacewithgod.net/

  6. Rev Michael says:

    It is true God allows trials but his faithfulness is always with us

  7. Brian chipatela says:

    Whats the difference between testing and temptations?

  8. Lucas Arul Seeli says:

    God tests us so we can experience victory. He walks in faith and believes we will win every test. He is like a proud parent who tells their child to “Go out there and show them what you can do,” expecting them to win.