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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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42 Comments

  1. grega says:

    Thank You for your words of the Bible.

  2. Victor says:

    Powerful

  3. lisa bolton says:

    yes jesus is here always…..

  4. Marylin Roroguez says:

    God make me strong for I feel weak and feel alone although I know your with me and all your children. Amen!

  5. ABDULKADIR AHMAD says:

    GOD KNOWS WHY HE TEST US

  6. Kay says:

    I feel closer to God through hard times…

    1. stacey says:

      i agree :)

  7. marc says:

    I’ve been tested and I feel I failed.I lost my job over a yr ago and tried to start my own business and lost everything.I must wasn’t strong enough and had no faith.I’m in hell now.Is there a chance for redemtion? I feel like I let Him down.Please pray for me.

    1. Ki says:

      Marc the fact that you start your own business means that you stepped out on faith and that is something to commended. We must consider God in all we do. While we may fail many times God never does. Please understand that we fall but we get up and God is always there. Redemption is there for us all. I pray your strength.

    2. Debra says:

      One thing I’ve learned is that in all things we must seek God first. Some things in life rather it’s good or not might not be the purpose that God called you to fulfill. Make sure you pray and ask God to lead you in the right path.

    3. Debra says:

      Sometimes in life we might not be ready for that because we have to mature in out faith and spiritual life first. Read he word pray it and live it and you will know what to do.

  8. Patrick says:

    Truely,it is a gud tin to b tested..u cn only mk decisions wen u face a hard and sad test..dts hw to shw God ur love and loyalty.

  9. Matthew Britt says:

    I lost two wifes,my home mother,father and recently fell thirty feet and broken many bones. Life has been hard at time’s. I have been tested and know my God now more then ever. I would endure anything to know that he is always with me and give thanks for the tests that have strengthened my faith. Amen

  10. Shibanwita Biswas says:

    We love You,Jesus.You really ARE the best.