The Tests God Gives Us
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.
God puts us through different kinds of tests, but He gives us three major tests that we will all have to take at one time or another. Can you think of times in your life when you have been tested in any of these three ways?
Test One: God Tests Our Heart
“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity” (1Chron.29:17). The infamous fall that comes after pride is something that God allows in order to purify us from our inclination to be full of ourselves. Just when we have enough arrogance to think we can live one moment without Him, God searches our heart for humility.
If found wanting, He allows us to hit rock bottom and gain a new perspective: Looking up! And this exactly what we need if we’ve been looking down for too long. God doesn’t give this kind of test to torture us. He does it so our hearts can be purified, and we can see Him. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”(Matthew 5:8).
Test Two: God Tests Our Faith
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2,3). One of the most profound times our faith is tested is when we are struggling with our finances. Few things are more upsetting that the prospect of losing our home, not having enough food, or not being able to pay our bills. This is especially frightening when it involves a family with dependent children.
But learning to walk in the provision God gives us for the day opens our eyes to see how we must depend on Him for everything. It forces us to live in God’s presence in a deeper way as we look to Him to work daily miracles on our behalf.
When our faith is tested during these times, our response is revealing. Do we trust Him to provide, or do we get angry and take it out on others? Do we view this as a time that God wants us to draw closer to Him or do we see it as the termination of our future?
Do we understand that God is testing us in order to prepare us for what He is going to do in our lives, or do we believe He is forsaking us? Will we lose patience in this time, or will we grow in faith? The answers we give to these questions are the keys to passing the test.
Test Three: God Tests Our Obedience
“In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions” (Exodus 16:4). My own children have always determined the amount of privileges they enjoyed by how obedient they were to the rules we laid down in our home. If they didn’t obey the rules, we didn’t extend the rewards.
Of course, we were committed to feed, clothe, educate, shelter and love them no matter what they did. But the extra blessings they enjoyed, over and above those things, depended on their obedience. God does the same with us. He loves us no matter what, but there are certain blessings we forfeit if we don’t obey Him.
A time of testing is Gods way of preparing you for the great things He has ahead. Will you make the choice to ask Him to help you learn each lesson well? Now, that’s the choice-driven life!
Today’s Bible Reading:
Judges 19-21; Acts 2
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Prayer for Salvation:
God in Heaven, I come to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus. I confess that I haven’t lived my life for You. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that He died on the cross and rose again from the dead so I might have a better life now and eternal life in heaven. Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. From this day forward, I’ll live my life for You to the best of my ability. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
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