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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?


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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  1. Mike Landon says:

    My fiance was just diagnosed with MS this month and now my faith is shaken to the core. I love her so much I am having a hard time giving her illness and care over to God. Will everyone that reads this please pray for Melinda so that God heals her? I know He is the same God today as he was yesterday and still preforms miracles. Also please pray for me so I can learn to trust God with my most prized person, Melinda, who is the love of my life. Thank you and may God bless all that read my comment.

    1. Jade says:

      I really hope you guys will get through it. 🙂
      And I think you’re both very lucky, for Melinda to be loved and cared for so much and for you to have found someone to love as much as you do. Maybe this ordeal is happening to strengthen your relationship. I pray for your happiness!

    2. Jade says:

      Maybe it will help to know that God is bigger than our problems. If anyone can win a lost cause, it’s Him.

    3. Chelsea says:

      Praying for you, Mike and Melinda.

    4. Chris Choy says:

      Mike, I will pray for Melinda that God will heal her completely of MS. May God give you his grace to trust him during this time.
      My son has brain cancer and was just given 6-9 months to live. It’s been hard for our family but we know the Good Lord has him in his care. May God give you and Melinda much comfort and blessings. Take care.

  2. Naomi says:

    Best simplest explanation, and love this ministry.

  3. TLC says:

    Thank you for your messages that make the most complicated topic understandable. I believe the Lord led me to this message because I needed comfort and peace. God is so good to me when I am so undeserving. God bless you.

  4. Donald says:

    BGEA, please pray for me to be able to get through school.