1 Thessalonians 2:4, "...but to please GOD WHO tests our hearts." Jeremiah 17:10, "I the LORD search the heart and test the mind..." If GOD knows everything (omniscience) then why would HE test us; what does it prove? Testing is valuable because it proves, TO US, by trial. It gives us a measure of confidence that our faith is real; and that no trial or test will overcome our faith. We have heard in physical exercising, "No Pain, No Gain"; maybe we experience the same thing Spiritually, in "Exercising our Faith". GOD requires us to move out of "our comfort zone" into areas we have not encountered; and for this, we need confidence! Testing proves to us, our Faith and gives us confidence in GOD to see us through anything. Testing of our Faith can be small things, like daily irritations or they can be catastrophic. Either way, GOD causes us to grow and mature into disciples who truly live by Faith in JESUS, and not by what we see! IF THE TESTING IS NOT FOR GOD, THEN WHO DO YOU THINK IT'S FOR?
Psalm 139: 23-24
GOD IS GOD!
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