The Faith Test
“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10
Do you remember the feelings you had when it was time for a test to start and you forgot to study for it? It may have been a long while since my testing days but I still remember the feelings I had of my nerves making my stomach turn and flip while sitting there staring at an exam paper, going into the room knowing it all, drawing a blank, and praying I didn’t fail.
Sometimes, I still find myself in the middle of a test, a test of my faith. I may not be sitting there with an exam paper, but I am sitting there facing a mirror and examining my life and my choices.
As a Christian we are always being tested, refined, molded and changed into the person God has created and wants us to be. The decision to give your life over to God is easy, but it’s the refining process where the true test comes. Your whole life is changed when you make that decision for God to pull, twist, hammer, grind, forge you through fire, and polish you to be refined.
When God chooses to test you, He is testing your faith in Him. He is asking “Do you trust me with everything? Have you given me your life and placed everything into my hands?”
When you find yourself in a difficult situation; pondering the great questions of life; wondering why your life is headed down a dead end; why is all this happening in the world and in your life; you need to fall down and kneel as you release it all over to God.
God always uses the situations we are in and that are around us to help us grow. He teaches us to be patient, to be humble, to be vulnerable, to seek Him, and above all to trust in something other than ourselves. Each test directs our path, for when you seek, God answers your questions through prayers and petitions.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. —–1 Peter 1:7 NLT