Billy Graham’s My Answer

By   •   March 12, 2014

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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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59 Comments

  1. Ruth says:

    TY. Lord Bless

  2. Masood Pervaiz says:

    the answer is awesome , truly given with the wisdom of God. may God grant you a long life and give you one more chance to preach the gospel as it is your desire and mine is to meet you in person may God fulfil them in JESUS NAME AMEN.

  3. Regean says:

    had been asking myself if GOD never knew i was weak or strong. Now it is more clearer. Thanks a lot.

  4. James Stamper Jr says:

    I’ve had my Faith tested and come through living and strongly. Back in Feb. 9, 1999 I was going to Oklahoma and in Ringgold, Texas 2 stop signs were removed and it was zero visibility fog. An18 wheeler ran the first on, I was on Highway 287 and ran the second one and hit it in the trailer and turned it over. I was unconscious and in a coma for 21 days, but back when I became a Man of God I ask Him to hold me in the Palm of His Hand! I am telling it to the world silently in the left ear, Amen!