I've often heard people say, "God is testing me," and it's referred to in the Bible, even asked for at times:
Psalm 26:2- Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.
Psalm 139:23- Test me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
James 1:12- Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Psalm 66:10- For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.
I've been reading thru the Bible on If:Equip (such a great experience), and a few days ago, I read in Genesis where God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. The title of that story is (at least in my Bible) God Puts Abraham to the Test.
Why does God test us? Is it so he can know for sure how we feel about Him? Does He need reassurance that our faith in Him is legit?
Not. Even. A little bit.
God is all-knowing. He knows our hearts, our minds, our faith. He knows exactly where we stand.
In the comment thread on If:Equip that day, someone gave a really great perspective that I hadn't considered before, and she put it beautifully:
"I look at this story and I wonder if it wasn't so much a test for God to see if Abraham would be obedient- God knows all things and knew the extent of Abraham's love for Him without putting him through this- but if it was more for Abraham and Isaac's sake. To experience the provision that follows radical obedience. God showed Himself faithful in that moment of absolute tragic surrender. Abraham surely didn't walk away from this thinking, 'Wow, I am so obedient', but rather, 'The Lord is faithful to provide.' When God calls us to radical obedience, maybe the test isn't so much to see whether or not we will obey, but for God to display His faithful provision in our lives in a way that we walk away confidently knowing 'The Lord will Provide.'"
I think this will forever alter my thoughts when I hear, "Why is God testing me," or "Why is is this happening to me," or any other version of that question.
He wants to show us that He's faithful. He wants us to believe what His word tells us:
Hebrews 10:23- Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
2 Thessalonians 3:3- But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
How have you been tested? Can you share something you've walked thru that has strengthened your faith?