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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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133 Comments

  1. ranjan says:

    Just want to have fillings of God

  2. collen says:

    God knows us. He even knows what we will think each and every single second. He doesn’t test us because he doesn’t know our strong points or weak points.. but the fact is, he’s testing us to let the world or a community we live in that we are strong enough to face any situation depending on what an individual is facing. Remember the story of Job where the devil went to God and asked him permission to test Job. In fact God allowed the devil to touch Job, except his soul, and the main motive was to convince the devil that Job is loaded with God’s word and he knows his story and he’s rooted in God. So some tests are meant to redeem the lost and those who undermine God’s word.

  3. Vanessa Howard says:

    Thanks

  4. Kate says:

    I believe that God does not test us only to show us how strong we are. I think the forces of evil are trying to test my faith and God allows it to happen because as St. Paul says, “When I am weak, then by the faith in God, I am strong.” I don’t ever in my opinion believe in a god to inflict pain and suffering to His beloved people. God did promised that despite of suffering, if we keep our faith in HIm, then we will be victorious not only on earth but in heaven as well.

  5. editha says:

    Nice sharing, I agree…

  6. Calvin says:

    Ever i was born my life is full of trials, sometimes feels like giving up. Am always asking God why me.

  7. Mpho Sebotsa says:

    I seem to be faced with one crisis after another. It hurts.

    1. Melissa Santhapuri says:

      My dear Mpho that is because the Lord thy God loves you, and has a blessing beyond belief waiting for you.

  8. Ricardo Jones Jr says:

    Wow this was an amazing acticle. When times get tough for me like right now I’m going through some situations in life that I didn’t trust my Faith. But when I read this article it touch my heart. Please pray for me.

  9. Sally John says:

    I am tired and i need more of Gods support to help my children and family. PLEASE

  10. Lakentrie says:

    My Faith is definitely being tested. No I don’t like but it’s part of growth as a Christian. I left a great job in Houston to move to Baton Rouge to be with my wife and I tell you, the WORST DECISION EVER. I thought I was doing the right thing by coming back to her, but she condemn before we could get settled. For example, she told me not to come looking for love, or she would say some words to me that literally cut me deep in my soul and I die a different death everyday. She is so mean and have so much hatred and evil in her heart towards me that she makes the devil look holy lol. I pray and pray for change but it’s only get worse and I’m tired of being disrespected and call everything but a child of God.

    1. David says:

      I can understand where you are coming from in your hurt. Men want respect but you fail to see that your wife is in dire need of love, unconditional love. Sometimes you have to be wrong and understand that in marriage you become one flesh. Take a moment to see how your wife perceives the way you act towards her. If you get over your pride and truely love her for her then you might find respect is given in return.

    2. Lauretta says:

      Praying for you. I too am going thru the same situation with my husband.

    3. Barbara Cox says:

      Even though you feel you made a mistake, and she is cruel with her tongue, do what the Lord says in His word, you have to learn to love the unlovable. I was just recently tested on this. I had to take care of my sick mother who isn’t saved. She was so cruel with her mouth, the hatred like I never seen. I wanted God to release me from her. Yet He said no I want you to learn to love the unlovable with my love. As I keep praying for her every morning , I didn’t do or say anything that would give the devil an opportunity. When she did attack I responded Jesus loves you. And then remain silent. God would deal with her heart. She actually apologized to me. I was a my mom’s from 4-16 to 7-16 . God restored our relationship. I hope this helped.