Side note before we start, I’m excited to be leaving in the early morning for Richmond, Virginia to be a part of the Throne Zone worship conference. I even get to lead a worship session! Then on Sunday I’ll be with friends in Charlotte, NC where I’m privileged to minister. I would appreciate your prayers!
Okay, we’re back.
I’ve been reflecting on something lately and I feel like it’s an important point to understand. Most Christians would agree that God’s tests in our lives have a point. They aren’t useless and He’s not being cruel. His discipline proves our sonship and even expresses His love (Hebrews 12:6).
Some may struggle with this point, but you can come to peace with it as His grace touches you. There is meaning to it. I think you can get confused though when you consider the “why” behind it.
When you take a test in school, your teacher is generally trying to see what knowledge and understanding you have gained through the course being taught. Are you grasping the concepts? Are you understanding and applying them correctly? Are you able to move on to more intricate or in-depth study?
Bear in mind, I’m talking about good teachers who care for their students and give of themselves for the benefit of their students. Lazy teachers don’t care about students, just getting through classes.
We learn not only from the best Teacher ever, but the best Father. However, God already knows the desires, flaws, and passions of our hearts. He knows the deepest unmet need and the most private thought. If a good teacher tries to test on a subject so they can know where you stand and how they can teach you better if necessary, where does that leave God? He already knows all of that and more.
The test God gives is not for His benefit, but yours. He is helping you see what’s in you.
Your habitation is in the midst of deceit [oppression upon oppression and deceit upon deceit]; through deceit they refuse to know and understand Me, says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will melt them [by the process of affliction to remove the dross] and test them, for how else should I deal with the daughter of My people? –Jeremiah 9:6-7 (Amplified)
God saw the deceit and what held His people away from knowing Him. By affliction and and testing, He could show them what they had allowed to come in and hinder their relationship. He knew they were impure, but they couldn’t see it until the testing came.
You may or may not have liked or excelled in school. You may think you want to shrink back when you feel God’s testing coming, but He only wants you to see what’s stopping you from being fully conformed to the image of Jesus. He’s exposing so He can heal.
We may even find ourselves crying out with David, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26:2). To experience the reality of that cry, the desire for Him has to be stronger than the desire for comfort.
What are your thoughts? Have you questioned God’s testing? How do you feel about it?