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God’s Test is Not for God

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.

testingI’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?

13 Comments

  1. I like the comment “the test is not for God’s benefit but for mine.” Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t believe God tests us to see how faithful we will be. He wants us to gauge ourselves and see where stand. praying your time away will be a profitable time of ministry.
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    • I agree. He knows us inside and out. We aren’t going to surprise Him. And thank you for the prayers too, Bill.

    • You’re so right, Bill. How often do we think we have the material down, so to speak, only to realize how little we truly know it when the test comes. We’re great at fooling ourselves into thinking we know something… that’s why we need the test.
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  2. The flesh is weak. Knowing it’s in love and seeing the results of past seasons of testing proves how much we gain, it’s still difficult to look forward the the Refiner’s fire. A friend of mine and I wrote a song over fifteen years ago titled “A Weaker Soul”. I feel like that still, “I’m a weaker soul, what I am He knows.”

    • It is difficult indeed. The refining we go through can feel so overwhelming and we aren’t in control and can’t see what’s going on… It’s spinning round and round. The only comfort I can take is what I know it produces. Thanks so much, Floyd.

  3. Oh, yes, I have questioned God’s testing, especially when my husband died suddenly 17 years ago. In hindsight now, I can see how the Lord helped me grow closer to and more dependent upon Him through that entire time of despair. It wasn’t easy going through it -- not in the least. But, my experiences since that traumatic time have shown me again and again that God is present and His will is what we should seek for our lives.
    Blessings, Jason!
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    • What a testimony, Martha. Despair and tragedy comes in many forms, but He is forever the same. Thanks for sharing.

  4. To pray like David, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind” means extending a great deal of faith and trust in God. As you said, it means we’re going to get uncomfortable. I’ve heard people say many times that they don’t want to pray for certain things -- like patience for example -- because they know they’ll have to truly learn it. But to trust that God knows exactly what we need and to let Him test as he sees fit involves saying “I trust you to perfectly test me in the way You know I need.” It’s saying, “I know Your ways are better than mine.” In the flesh, we don’t like to do this because of the coming discomfort. But in the spirit, we know that it only brings us closer to God, and that’s the truly exciting part.
    Kari Scare recently posted..Getting to the Root Cause of StressMy Profile

    • You’re so right, Kari. That’s why we must pray by the Spirit as Paul instructed us. The Spirit will cry out through us for patience or even more of Him. Sometimes we don’t even understand what we’re longing and crying for and sometimes we do, but wanting more of Him will lead us to uncomfortable places of trust. Great thoughts, Kari! Thank you.

  5. Why? Why? Why? Yes, I question God’s testing and God himself. I think to question is to understand God better. And I’m a teacher.

    • So true--‘why’ is not a bad question! There are some things we won’t understand right now, but He’s faithful to lead. Thank you, Dan.

  6. With the tests we would never see what lives in our hearts…hard times bring it to the surface. This is I know for sure, God is big enough to handle my questioning. He loves anything that will bring me to Him. Good post Jason.

    • Yes! He loves and uses any and everything that brings us closer to Him. What a powerful statement--thank you, Betty.