God Tests His Servants

1/11/2020 0 Comments

Why does God allow suffering

Tests and trials come from God. God tries, or tests, His servants for very good reasons.

DEUTERONOMY 13:3 (KJV) says,

Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Tests and trials serve as a gauge for God to see if you are steadfast in your faith, if you are enduring, and if you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. And once you are proven to be so, you will merit a priceless reward.

If we are to make a comparison, it is just like going to school wherein a teacher first gives his students a thorough discussion of the subject matter. Afterwards, he gives them a test or an examination to find out if they remembered and if they understood what he had taught them. And the result of the test will serve as the teacher’s basis in giving them grades that they deserve.

The same is true with God. He teaches us His words, and after that, He would test us if we understand and if we obey His teachings; He would test us if our faith will remain unmoved even in the midst of adversities and challenges. If we pass His test, we will then earn His trust.

Trust is not easily achieved; it is something that has to be worked for. Isn’t it that, even in an ordinary household, the owners of the house do not readily give their trust to their servant? The servant has to prove first to his masters that he is trustworthy, that he is not a kidnapper or a thief. Because it would be too risky if they would immediately entrust to him their house and their children when his trustworthiness has not been proven yet. But once the servant has proven his honesty and obedience, he eventually earns the trust of his masters.

God, Himself, also tests people; He searches their hearts and probes their minds to see if they are truthful and faithful, or not.

JEREMIAH 17:9-10 (KJV) says,

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

And when He finds out that you are faithful, trustworthy, and you have no ill intentions, He will be with you.

After having tried, what does the Bible say?

1 PETER 1:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

According to the Apostle Peter, although tests and trials may sadden us, yet, we should not despair even if they come repeatedly or in succession because, if we are able to overcome all of those, we are partakers in the suffering of our Lord and we will merit honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

God tries and tests us to see the depth of our faith; He wants to see if we will remain steadfast in our service and obedience to Him. And passing His tests will mean our salvation.

If the students who consistently passed all the tests and examinations given to them by their teachers qualify for graduation; on our part as servants of God, if we will be able to pass the tests that God gives us, if we will be able to prove to Him our faith and obedience to His words, and if we will be able to show Him that we love Him with all our heart and with all our soul, then we will merit the salvation of our soul.

1 PETER 1:8-9 (KJV) says,

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

After successfully passing the trials and tests, we will receive the ultimate goal of our faith, which is the salvation of our soul. That is why it is very important that we deal with the tests and trials that come in our lives the biblical way.

So, whenever you go through difficult situations, whenever you experience trials, the best thing that you should do is pray. Do not be mad; do not despair. Just pray.

It’s just unfortunate that there are people who, when faced with tests and trials, become wild and violent. And instead of invoking God, they resort to alcohol and drugs. If this will be your attitude, you will never pass the test. And if you fail to pass the test, the consequence is, you will not merit any reward.

But if you want to be rewarded by God, you need to pass His tests and trials. Don’t forget, His reward is the salvation of your soul.

MAY GOD BLESS US ALL!

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