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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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  1. Ally says:

    At this point in my life for real all i can do is try to stay positive in my life but to be honest i dont it just seems like everything i do is not working i mean i myself have a bit of irrational thinking im not crazy of any kind its just that based on what ive been through in life it makes me think the worst should happen.Like for example i said in my mind that if i see my brother come through the door at this moment that this event will occur or that this mean this or that person isnt for you.Than he came through the door right when i thought that.I really hate thinking like this its ruined my fuctional thinking and so much more.my question is does this mean that will happen? like that thing or event will occur?

  2. Robert says:

    For over a year, I’ve been tested in a business venture. Much of the quality of my relationships with my family and friends been diminished because the stress has made me very saddened and distant. I have been disappointed a lot and I try to stay encouraged but it’s tough. I love God and I believe in His promises but each day is a test of my endurance and I don’t how much longer I can hold out. My faith says to keep going no matter what but, in my weakness, I sulk and cry sometimes. I want my pride and confidence back and I can only get it by having things to turn around. My question to God is how long is it that He intends to test me. I’m becoming a wreck and I am so unlike myself now…what do I ask for in my prayers?

    1. Brice says:

      Hey Robert. I’ve been going thru the similar type season in my life with business. I’ve concluded that it’s not God testing me. I can feel that way but I’m starting to forfeit my feelings and emotions and soley stand on His Word. I’m realizing to only trust Him and then thank Him even if it’s for small positive things. He’s the giver of good gifts. Look for those gifts- when you do you’ll find them-……everywhere.

  3. Csroline says:

    My son is fighting for his 4 year old son but he was brought up by me for 4 years and killing me when he begs me not to send him to his mother. feel helpless, always sad, always in tears. I need help. It’s still 4 months of this and I feel so worried. what’s going to happen? I have not lost my faith but I don’t know anymore what to do. I’m tired of a sore heart all the time. I’m south African and the granny.