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By   •   January 23, 2009   •   Topics:

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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40 Comments

  1. kendrick j williams says:

    May God bless everyone that posted a comment happy easter

  2. kendrick j williams says:

    I will be praying for you to keep your strenght happy easter and GOD bless

  3. lisa Williams says:

    I know going through hard times is testing my faith, but at times it seems like there is no end. I have only one thing to hold on to and that is GOD and his word. I know won’t put more on me then I can bare. He is teaching me to trust him more. This is truly a process. Pray for my strength in the Lord.

    1. Debra says:

      Whenever we are in the storm it always seems to last forever…that’s because we are in a stage of panic. But when we keep our focus on Jesus he will be our peace in the storm and it will pass. I love the scripture when Peter walks on water and how as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he didn’t sink…but when he looked away he did. We gotta stay focused! We can do anything with Him!

  4. kendrick j williams says:

    Going through hard times seems like theres no end to this pain will you all keep me in your prayers thanks

  5. Blake says:

    I have had anxiety to the point of almost suicide because the pain from the fear I have had. This has been going on for 17 yrs yrs. I have lost many jobs and almost my wife, my father, and gone hungry and the fear of repeating those things keeps me anxious. The only rest I can get is to let go and not care about these things or the outcome; I let go and focus on the words in certain versus in the Bible and accept what will happen whether his or bad

    1. Blake says:

      good or bad and hold on to the promise that all things work together for good. If it doesn’t, then God is a liar. Since he is not a man that he should lie, the end result is that the pain will eventually end and you will be better offt

  6. onalenna kopano says:

    nice words of wisdom.

  7. Rita Mellott says:

    Amazing, I woke up this morning with a question to god in my heart, within a few seconds I picked up my phone, the very question I was asking, ” why God allows things to happen” came up in an Instagram from you all, and all I had to do is touch the question, and the answer came up! God is good, and He is alive and working through you all! I have never received anything from you all before, It is a miracle! Thank you for all you do, touching lives throughout the world!!!!

  8. Diane says:

    I need help. I’m facing a hard battle and I need desperate help.

    1. siena says:

      Me too..lets just trust God..God is good at all times..

  9. Santha kumar says:

    Good explanation

  10. janet says:

    Thanks for those I use to think otherwise but thanks I now know what I need to do