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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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212 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia seven years ago. It has been a battle in my head. But I believe God is testing me to see if I can handle it. I’m holding onto my faith that God has something in store for me. I don’t know, thought I would share. I stumbled onto this.

    1. Priscilla says:

      God definitely has something in store for you! Keep having faith in God and for sure he will bless you. Thank you for sharing your story!

  2. debragholston says:

    Truly enjoy every topic.

  3. Alfred bellini says:

    I don’t know if God is testing me but I think he could be mad at me

  4. diane fortuna says:

    I seem to be tested and failed often many times over but recently I see how the Spirit guided me after prayer about it. Now I’m really in the battle, not a spectator anymore. Thanks for this wonderful site. I am a longtime Catholic but anything with Billy Graham has my utmost respect and attention.

  5. Jerline Beal says:

    God is good and deserves to be praised. His love endures forever. It is through Him that all things become possible!

  6. Windell Scott says:

    I am happy to be a Child of GOD.

  7. Ethel says:

    I was born a handicapped. I have an eye defect that causes me to have a low vision. Growing up I get bullied a lot. My family considers me a burden. And here in the Philippines the government doesn’t have that much support for people like me. When I was a kid I keep on hoping that God might change my circumstances someday. But now that I’m already in my early 40s life seems pretty bleak. And I keep on wondering if God still has some plans for me.

    1. Corey says:

      Keep the faith! God has plans for you!

    2. Nina says:

      I would say absolutely as long as you are alive and breathing the LORD has a plan for you and your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says: I know the plans I have for you they are of good and not evil, plans to give you a future and hope.
      So although you are handicapped and feel rejected the LORD sees you as whole and will never reject you so long as you believe through HIS son Jesus Christ. I know it has to be tough to understand these words in your circumstances but please don’t lose hope in Romans 8:28 it says: And we know that ALL things work together for the good of those whom love the LORD and are called according to HIS purpose.
      There is always a purpose for you and your life. The testing of your faith produces spiritual strength. 🙏🏽 for you.

    3. Alisha yanez says:

      Of course God has plans for you! ❤️ He is no respecter of persons and He loves you so much. I will pray for you Ethel. I pray right now in the name of Jesus and ask you Lord to heal Ethel’s eyes and her entire body. I ask you to touch her and heal her from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet. By Jesus’s stripes you are healed. I ask you Father God to bring good people into Ethel’s life and to provide for her every need for the rest of her days! In Jesus name Amen and Amen

    4. Babela says:

      I am 37 yr old single mother. Suffering with health for 8 yrs, jobless, no savings so far, betrayed by husband, no work and surviving with 2 children. My betrayal husband lives with his girlfriend 2 mins away from me. What a life, but God has redeemed me just like Job. I stood on faith and I am gifted now. Faith is the only solution, not from mouth but by heart.

  8. Rocelyn Watson says:

    Thank you for your transparent and descriptive explanations. 🤗