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Date: 03.29.17
Why God’s Tests Are a Good Thing

aaron-burden-123582Whether it’s an academic one, a financial one, or when my doctor takes my blood, I don’t like tests. The good thing is that God never gives a bad test. His tests are always for our good. They are also a tool God uses to grow us. Here’s how.

In the New International Version, Psalm 11:5 reads, “The Lord examines the righteous,” while the King James says, “The Lord trieth the righteous.”

The original Hebrew language helps us to understand how we got these two translations. My Old Testament Word Study Bible says that the words “examine” or “trieth” are bachan, which means “to test, prove, examine, search out, purify, to look out, to watch. This word denotes an investigation to determine the essential qualities of an object, especially integrity.”

Now check this out. In its entirety, Psalm 11:5 reads like this: “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.”

When I read this Scripture and the definition of bachan, I got excited because the word “but” indicates that those who don’t know God aren’t tested by Him in the way that those who know Him are. Therefore, bachan–or testing to determine integrity and essential qualities–is reserved only for the righteous and it’s a privilege!

Webster’s Dictionary describes a privilege as, “a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage or favor.” The word “peculiar” gives me a chuckle. Examinations and tests can certainly sometimes seem like a peculiar benefit for the person who fills the position of knowing Christ. But that is exactly how God sees them. Tests that come from Him are a privilege of position. God cares enough to test the hearts of those who know Him, which leads to greater joy because it makes us more like Him.

What you are experiencing is known by God and it may be that He is testing your integrity, doing an investigation of your heart, and purifying you. Are you going through a test in your finances, marriage, or faith? You can pass God’s test. Aren’t you glad that He cares enough about you to make you more like Him?

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12 thoughts on “Why God’s Tests Are a Good Thing

  1. I would like prayer I am being tested in my finances and it seems every area of my life. Thanks for the devotional

  2. Testing of communication and relationships within the family is always painful. Dads and teenage daughters can seem like alien creatures to each other sometimes!

  3. As of Friday, March 31, 2017 I will be unemployed. I have consistently been applying for job after job with declinations each time. At this point, I have only enough to live on through April. Please pray for my faith and mental stability during this test. I’ve never been in this place before and it’s mentally exhausting.

  4. I am goin’ thru so many different trials n test, its rather overwhelming. I don’t know which way 2 turn? Obiviously towards the Lord. But I admit I am struggling. Any prayers would b greatly appreciated. Thnx!!!!!

  5. Most of my life I have been very willful about food. I ate what I wanted, as much as I wanted, and then felt bad about how I felt physically and mentally. Now, I have been diagnosed with diabetes and find myself taking all kinds of medicines. The test comes in whether I can willfully change my habits, eat better, and then be able to afford the medicines I have been prescribed. (last month’s pharmacy bill was almost $750). I’m debating why I should take these medicines, and is it truly a judgment upon me for past sins? Please pray that I can recognize God’s will for me, and then follow through with it. Do I really need to have an A1c that meets the doctors recommendations? Can I get past this feeling that I am being punished for what I did?

    1. Hi, Dorothy.

      I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. Here are some thoughts that I hope help:

      1) God is never about punishing those who belong to Him. He may discipline His children, but only in an effort to restore. He never wounds those He loves because they have acted poorly just to “teach them a lesson.”
      2) Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, He took your punishment. There is nothing you can do to make Him stop loving you and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more. He loves you, not because YOU are good, but because He is good.
      3) Can you overcome and get past your physical ailments? Can you master your eating, change your lifestyle and begin to heal? Absolutely. You are able because He is able in you. Also, here are some ideas: Get an accountability group or partner to help you. And, research others online who have overcome what you have. Begin to eat the things God made that are good for your body. And, of course. Pray! If God is for you, who can be against you. Praying for you right now.

      You are loved.

      Shana

  6. Thank you for this post; somehow these posts always seem to find me when i’m going through what I think is the worst time in my life. I recently got laid off (again! Fourth time in the last 3 years!) and had to make a quick decision regarding me health. My fiance proposed on NYE and we started talking about family. A routine visit at the doctor turned into a serious talk about family planning. “if you wish to have children,” she said, “you need to remove this fibroid.” Now i’m home recovering, wondering how i’m going to pay the mortgage and bills again, the medical bills are piling up and our wedding plans are on hold. I feel grateful that while things can be worse, they’re not. I question why all the time, but then I read your posts at the right time and I feel swaddled in God’s love and mercy once again.

  7. I am praying for my daughter and believing for a cure/healing from severe anxietyand depression.
    Thank you for your much appreciated devotional.

  8. I suppose if you stand firm and have God,s. holy spirit in you and his truth its like your put through a sieve. there might be alot of shaking happening but the righteous remain while the unrighteous fall through

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  • I would like prayer I am being tested in my finances and it seems every area of my life. Thanks for the devotional

  • Testing of communication and relationships within the family is always painful. Dads and teenage daughters can seem like alien creatures to each other sometimes!

  • As of Friday, March 31, 2017 I will be unemployed. I have consistently been applying for job after job with declinations each time. At this point, I have only enough to live on through April. Please pray for my faith and mental stability during this test. I’ve never been in this place before and it’s mentally exhausting.

  • I am goin’ thru so many different trials n test, its rather overwhelming. I don’t know which way 2 turn? Obiviously towards the Lord. But I admit I am struggling. Any prayers would b greatly appreciated. Thnx!!!!!

  • Most of my life I have been very willful about food. I ate what I wanted, as much as I wanted, and then felt bad about how I felt physically and mentally. Now, I have been diagnosed with diabetes and find myself taking all kinds of medicines. The test comes in whether I can willfully change my habits, eat better, and then be able to afford the medicines I have been prescribed. (last month’s pharmacy bill was almost $750). I’m debating why I should take these medicines, and is it truly a judgment upon me for past sins? Please pray that I can recognize God’s will for me, and then follow through with it. Do I really need to have an A1c that meets the doctors recommendations? Can I get past this feeling that I am being punished for what I did?

    • Hi, Dorothy.

      I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. Here are some thoughts that I hope help:

      1) God is never about punishing those who belong to Him. He may discipline His children, but only in an effort to restore. He never wounds those He loves because they have acted poorly just to “teach them a lesson.”
      2) Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, He took your punishment. There is nothing you can do to make Him stop loving you and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more. He loves you, not because YOU are good, but because He is good.
      3) Can you overcome and get past your physical ailments? Can you master your eating, change your lifestyle and begin to heal? Absolutely. You are able because He is able in you. Also, here are some ideas: Get an accountability group or partner to help you. And, research others online who have overcome what you have. Begin to eat the things God made that are good for your body. And, of course. Pray! If God is for you, who can be against you. Praying for you right now.

      You are loved.

      Shana

  • Thank you for this post; somehow these posts always seem to find me when i’m going through what I think is the worst time in my life. I recently got laid off (again! Fourth time in the last 3 years!) and had to make a quick decision regarding me health. My fiance proposed on NYE and we started talking about family. A routine visit at the doctor turned into a serious talk about family planning. “if you wish to have children,” she said, “you need to remove this fibroid.” Now i’m home recovering, wondering how i’m going to pay the mortgage and bills again, the medical bills are piling up and our wedding plans are on hold. I feel grateful that while things can be worse, they’re not. I question why all the time, but then I read your posts at the right time and I feel swaddled in God’s love and mercy once again.

  • I am praying for my daughter and believing for a cure/healing from severe anxietyand depression.
    Thank you for your much appreciated devotional.

  • I suppose if you stand firm and have God,s. holy spirit in you and his truth its like your put through a sieve. there might be alot of shaking happening but the righteous remain while the unrighteous fall through

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