Why Does God Test Us?
While thinking about this, The Lord brought to my mind the word advancements.
When we thinking of testing, or taking tests in the natural- they are usually to advance us. We take tests to get a drivers license. We take tests for school placements. We take tests to get jobs, or promotions in that job. We take tests in school to ensure that we have passed a grade and know enough move forward.
Tests are everywhere in life, and equally so in the spiritual realm. We are tested and in that- we see what’s inside of us. When pressure is put on us, we then see if what is in us is mature; or if it needs some tweaking.
Our faith matters a lot to God. In fact, The Word says, “that without faith it is impossible to please God.”(Heb. 11:6) Our faith means a great deal to God. It’s our faith that gets tested during a hard time. Are we going to continue placing our faith in God? Or are we going to place our faith in what we see? It’s a constant choice in the hard times.
There are times I’ve really wished I would have handled my “storms” better. When I get to the other side and I see what God has done for me, that I couldn’t see before while in the storm.. yeah in those times I start wishing I would have acted better.
It’s easy to trust God on the mountain and when things are going good, but what about in the times of testing? In the times or storm and pain? What then?
If we pass the test, we will get an advancement.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. ” (HCSB)
A new glory= a new advancement. A new level. A new place in God… So what do we have to do? Pass the test!
Testing of our faith produces:
- The building of our faith/Steadfastness (James 1:2-4)
- A spiritual reward (James 1:12)
- Purification (Psalm 66:10, 26:2, 139:23-24; 1 Peter1:7)
Our examples of times of testing: Job withstood testing and still remained faithful to God. (Old Testament) Jesus withstood temptations (and did not sin), trails, and being crucified; yet still faithfully loved God and fulfilled His purpose. (New Testament)