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Why does God test us?

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Question: "Why does God test us?"

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When we ask why God tests us, or allows us to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him, as clearly taught in Scripture. Although we are forbidden to test Him (Deuteronomy 6:16; Matthew 4:7), when God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean to prove by trial. Therefore, when God tests His children, the purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things; rather, He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial or test will overcome that faith.

In His Parable of the Sower, Jesus identifies the ones who fall away as those who receive the seed of God’s Word with joy, but as soon as a time of testing comes along, they fall away. James clearly explains that the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which leads to maturity in our walk with God. Perseverance in times of trial and testing will result in our spiritual maturity, our completeness (James 1:3-4). James goes on to say that testing is a blessing, because when the testing is over and we have “stood the test,” we will “receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). Testing and trying come from our heavenly Father who works all things together for good for those who love Him and who are called to be the children of God (Romans 8:28).

The testing or trials we undergo come in various ways. Becoming a Christian will often require us to move out of our comfort zones and into areas we have never encountered before. We’ve perhaps heard the saying ‘No pain – no gain’ when exercising our physical bodies. The same applies to exercising our faith in God. This is why James wrote ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds’ (James 1:2). Testing our faith can be in small things like daily irritations; they may also be severe afflictions (Isaiah 48:10). Whatever the source of the testing from God, it is to our benefit to undergo the trials.

The account of Job is a perfect example of God allowing one of His saints to be tested by the devil. Job bore all his trials patiently and “did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (Job 1:22). However, the account of Job’s testing is proof that Satan’s ability to tempt us is limited by God’s sovereign control. No demon can test or afflict us with beyond what God has ordained for His perfect purpose and our benefit.

There are many examples that can be used to illustrate the positive results from our being tested. The Psalmist likens our testing to that of being refined like silver (Psalm 66:10). Elsewhere in Scripture we can read of our trials as that of gold being refined in order to remove all its impurities (1 Peter 1:7). By the testing of our faith, God causes us to grow and mature into strong disciples who truly live by faith in Him, not by what we see (2 Corinthians 5:7).

When testing and trials come our way, we should receive them with joy, because we know that it is God who allows them to strengthen our faith. When we are knocked about in the storms of life, like the tree that digs its roots ever deeper for a greater grip, we must dig our roots deeper into God’s Word so we can withstand whatever comes against us.

Most comforting of all, we know that God will never allow us to be tested beyond what we are able to handle and in all things will provide a way out of the test (1 Corinthians 10:13). This does not mean He will remove the trial from us. Why would He when He says trials are for our benefit? Rather, the “way out” is the way through. the trial, with Him ever faithful by our side, until we come out on the other side of it by His grace and power, stronger and more mature Christians.



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I sometimes think that if a person is going through a trial too joyfully, it isn't doing much good.  I believe the trial is to bring us to the point of breaking.  I know the Lord will not give us more than we can handle.  But, what He says I can handle and what I believe I can handle is two different marks, His being the greater. 

 

If Jesus Christ learned obedience by the things he suffered, how shall we not learn any other way?    Which brings to mind a question, when was Jesus Christ ever disobedient, so that He had to learn obedience?

 

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I have found with my own life that God has revealed Himself to me in my darkest times. I was such a late bloomer in my younger years (teens-to my 30s). I just went along with people, was always trying to be there for people good or bad, I had convictions but nobody cared to hear them (for at least I thought) and even I found myself bored to hear my own convictions and in time I became lost and would cry out to God and when the pain hits it was overwhelming I discovered my true character, the real priorities of my life, When such pain and pressure I felt with life. I truly believe the intensity of the pain you need a belief system in God cause troubles will come and deeper they will be, because God will not allow us to rely on things in life that take us away from Him. I am happy where I am at now and still learning in Him every day, it has been a beautiful journey, and everything you Believe will get tested. Troubles will always come and I have God to get me through them.

 

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Blessings Quantrill

     God Bless you & welcome to Worthy......I like what you had to say about "to the point of breaking"hmm,I do know it but Praise & Glory to God He always carries me through all trials & tribulations.......I am truly grateful for Jesus always keeping His promise to never leave or forsake us!!!!

     I don;t know that Jesus had to learn anything Himself but to show us what obedience truly is........?

                                                                                                    With love-in Christ,Kwik



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Blessings Quantrill

     God Bless you & welcome to Worthy......I like what you had to say about "to the point of breaking"hmm,I do know it but Praise & Glory to God He always carries me through all trials & tribulations.......I am truly grateful for Jesus always keeping His promise to never leave or forsake us!!!!

     I don;t know that Jesus had to learn anything Himself but to show us what obedience truly is........?

                                                                                                    With love-in Christ,Kwik

 

Thanks and pleased to meet you.  Yes, I praise Him also as He does get us through. 

 

There is a verse, Hebrews 5:8 that I was speaking to.  " Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered".    Possibly His obedience was learned, not because He was ever disobedient or could be disobedient, but because He now could be obedient in the midst of feeling and suffering as man.  

 

Again, peasure to speak to you.

 

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Blessings Quantrill

     Well said.(to God be the Glory)..............& my pleasure as well,I am looking forward to seeing alot more of you in the different forums here!!!

 

                                                                                                With love-in Christ,Kwik



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God also humbles us through trials.

But as to not letting us suffer more than we can endure, God rescued my husband from extreme nerve pain in his neck. It was so severe that no narcotics or combination of narcotics could even touch it or take the edge off and he was bed ridden. Finally the physical stress it caused did further damage to his already badly damaged heart. Our pastors annointed him with oil and prayed for his healing. Within hours the severe pain was gone. He still has arthritis in his neck with stiffness and occasional pain. But the severely pinched nerve was healed so that he can endure it. The extra heart problems remain. But now he can function.

Willa

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I think the greatest example ... is Job.

 

God always knows the end from the beginning.  He is not looking for an answer ... but giving you an OPPORTUNITY.

 

An opportunity to do what?  To glorify Him, liberate your soul, and to shame your accuser!

 

Also, it's not that we are forbidden to test God, for the Scriptures clearly say to test Him in Malachi 3:10.  Clearly, o "taste and see" the goodness of the Lord.  TRY God.  But do not TEMPT Him.  It's all about context and application ... and the desire of your heart.  I can test God through obedience.  Like, if He PROMISED something, I could put myself in discomfort so that I can LEARN His faithfulness, and SEE His power.  But, if I do something because I want to gain from it, well, He may hide His face from me. 

 

Be wise about it.



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Yes The Lord does give us more than we can handle...that we may turn to Him, who alone is able will bring us through.

 

2 Cor 1:8-10

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does[a] deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us,



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God doesn't test us he allows us to be tested. It will bring us closer to Him.

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Alien,

 

See Deut 13:1-3

 

Also, Psa 34:8

 

 

 

 

EDIT: "proveth" means He is "testing" you.


Edited by Donibm, 09 March 2014 - 12:05 PM.


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God doesn't test us he allows us to be tested. It will bring us closer to Him.

I have to agree with this. Many times my prayer life is at it's most active when I am going through trials and tribulations. Looking back I can see growth in my Spiritual life because of the many tests the Father has allowed me to go through. My faith is still pea sized but boy I'm nowhere near where I was when I first started this journey 22 years ago. 



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Deut 13:1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for THE LORD YOUR GOD PROVETH {testing} YOU, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

 

 


 



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I think it helpful to understand something. God already knows all, so His testing nor the testing from the world and devil are in order that God may know something about us. He is not "experimenting" with us to see what we can handle, as if He does not already know! Testing merely proves and shows forth what is already there. If there are hidden doubts, they come forth so that we can deal with them. If there are unrealized fears, out they come, and we can deal with them. If there be bitterness, unforgiveness, wounds, and any number of things in our soul that hinder and bind us up unawares, testing brings these things to the surface so we can scrape them off (actually allow the Spirit to remove them by confessing and forsaking them) and have the victory in Christ over them. The process also shows us what good qualities we are lacking in our character, so that we rightly surrender ourselves anew to the Lord in order to know His perfect will and become renewed in our minds (Rom 12:1-2). Testing and trials are the means of self discovery and awareness so that we can truly know the state of our souls in being sanctified and maturing. Unfortunately, most of us struggle greatly and mistake the testing and trials as purely bad, purely negative, purely an attack against us. However, when we submit and allow God to work all things together for our good, then we can receive the benefit therein.

Many Blessings, Andy



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I think it helpful to understand something. God already knows all, so His testing nor the testing from the world and devil are in order that God may know something about us. He is not "experimenting" with us to see what we can handle, as if He does not already know! Testing merely proves and shows forth what is already there. If there are hidden doubts, they come forth so that we can deal with them. If there are unrealized fears, out they come, and we can deal with them. If there be bitterness, unforgiveness, wounds, and any number of things in our soul that hinder and bind us up unawares, testing brings these things to the surface so we can scrape them off (actually allow the Spirit to remove them by confessing and forsaking them) and have the victory in Christ over them. The process also shows us what good qualities we are lacking in our character, so that we rightly surrender ourselves anew to the Lord in order to know His perfect will and become renewed in our minds (Rom 12:1-2). Testing and trials are the means of self discovery and awareness so that we can truly know the state of our souls in being sanctified and maturing. Unfortunately, most of us struggle greatly and mistake the testing and trials as purely bad, purely negative, purely an attack against us. However, when we submit and allow God to work all things together for our good, then we can receive the benefit therein.

Many Blessings, Andy

This post is such a blessing to my heart.  "surrendering ourselves anew to the Lord". Thank you brother. 



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Genesis 22:1-2

 

1  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt(TEST) Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

 

2  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah;

and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 

 

Genesis 22:11-12

 

11  And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

 

12  And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him:

for now I know that thou fearest God,

seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

 

 testing is for God to know our true heart



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Genesis 22:1-2

 

1  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt(TEST) Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

 

2  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah;

and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 

 

Genesis 22:11-12

 

11  And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

 

12  And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him:

for now I know that thou fearest God,

seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

 

 testing is for God to know our true heart

I respectfully disagree. God is omniscient, He knows all things, including the future. Jesus stated that God knows what is in the heart of man. Nothing catches God by surprise because He is also eternal, outside of time. God created the space-time continuum and has demonstrated his power and control over time in many ways in the scripture. The greatest proof is the sweeping revelation given to John "in the spirit", where God takes him and shows him events thousands of years in the future. I understand that there are statements made in the Old Testament such as the one you just quoted, where God is speaking to a man of limited understanding, and speaks to him on his level, which can make God appear less than omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and eternal. The fact that God chooses to communicate thus (there are other examples, like when Abraham barters for Sodom and Gomorrah and "changes God's mind") does not negate His actual supremacy and Divine qualities. The rest of scripture interprets statements like this, not the other way around. God already knows what is in the heart or every man who ever lived or will live. The test is not for Him to know anything, but it does expose the truth so that man can know, and so that man can then properly interact with his God. I would alter your statement thus:

 

testing is for God to expose our true heart



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 God is omniscient, He knows all things, including the future.

Amen :thumbsup:



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Is omniscient, in the bible ?



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I think the greatest example ... is Job.

 

God always knows the end from the beginning.  He is not looking for an answer ... but giving you an OPPORTUNITY.

 

An opportunity to do what?  To glorify Him, liberate your soul, and to shame your accuser!

 

Also, it's not that we are forbidden to test God, for the Scriptures clearly say to test Him in Malachi 3:10.  Clearly, o "taste and see" the goodness of the Lord.  TRY God.  But do not TEMPT Him.  It's all about context and application ... and the desire of your heart.  I can test God through obedience.  Like, if He PROMISED something, I could put myself in discomfort so that I can LEARN His faithfulness, and SEE His power.  But, if I do something because I want to gain from it, well, He may hide His face from me. 

 

Be wise about it.

 

This is a good post, thank you for Malachi. Can you also give me a day to day example of how to try and test God. Also show me how trying and testing is different than tempting. BLessings, David.






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