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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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  1. Sharon Ortiz says:

    My son Travis was asking why does god let me go through so much hardship? He’s going through a drug addiction and needs healing prayer for the withdrawals. He’s going to try and he needs all the prayers he can get, thank you.

  2. Solosolo says:

    Thank you for the word of God.

  3. Cindy says:

    I have had a rough weekend with my husband’s health. He is currently not doing well, but I feel if I have had some signs of God’s love. I was looking out of an ICU unit yesterday and spotted an white dove feather that had been trapped in some branches. I wondered if that could be a sign. And in my travels outside that same hospital on more than one morning I saw a cardinal in the trees across the hospital drive. Today it was singing to me or so I thought, but today my husband took a turn for the worse. I am hoping that bird was a sign that in my darkest hour things will change I will be singing soon. God is Great I know this, but sometimes I feel so alone. But in all this my faith has surely been restored.