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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. judith says:

    A month ago I had 3 trials happen at the same time. I have learned that I need to trust have faith and be patient. . I feel peace in my heart but they are days when I feel I can’t keep going. Praying for answers!!

  2. immanuel says:

    I want more of God.

    1. Yolanda says:

      Me too….but I do know that he lives on the inside of us, so I don’t think we can get any closer. Amen…,.

  3. Samuel says:

    I shall overcome. In Jesus name.

  4. Benjamin. Butler says:

    I have never suffered because of my faith in Jesus. Christ . Why not ? One day I may have to suffer but as for now I have seen only blessings. Dd

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  5. Wendy says:

    Amen! I have been studying the Gospels and about Jesus’ suffering and temptation in the wilderness. I have had a debate with some friends about God’s testing. Some say God does not test us, others say He does, still others say He allows us to be tested. This is a wonderful, succinct explanation with Scriptural backing. Thank you ever so much. May the Blessings and the Peace of Our Lord and Savior be with you and your ministry.

  6. Prashant Manjrekar says:

    very nice answer

  7. mark says:

    I agree it hurts and breaks me down but God is my weapon through the pain.

    1. Yolanda says:

      I like that. Amen

  8. John Park says:

    Today I had an argument with my mother over finances on why I tithe too much each Sunday. She has been living with me for several years since dad and mom divorced and I have been supporting us from my job as a school teacher. I know my offering is not much as I want it to be but still it hurts when mom tells me that and that I should be saving up for future. I try to live a godly christian life but it’s hard at times. Thank you for this post!

  9. cierra butler says:

    Me and my husband couldn’t afford to pay our gas and electric and we were disconnected Tuesday. I also just started school Tuesday. I cried and wondered why times were so hard for us. I almost didnt go to school that day. I laid in my bed feeling sorry for myself. A light hit me and said no matter how hard it gets you still have to keep living as if nothing is wrong. I thank god for my stregnth to decide to keep going. He brought me closer to him.

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  10. rajani says:

    thank God..i believ in u