God is interested in the condition of your spiritual heart. God has tests to reveal your spiritual heart condition and diagnose your spiritual health. He allows us to go through testing that gets more difficult and painful as we travel through life. But God also carefully monitors our condition so that we come to no ultimate harm.
How Does God Test Us?
What does God use to test our spiritual hearts and measure how you react to the test?
God may use:
Doubts – Genesis 22:1 sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burn offering…” Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son. God sometimes puts into life situations that make absolutely no sense to us at the time. We call out “why Lord?” (Habakkuk 1:3) and “How long, Lord?” (Psalm 6:3) but God is silent. We must keep on following God through the test until God is satisfied with our faith. Remember, God, rewards your faith.
Affliction –Isaiah 48:10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.The hardships of life can be used by God to test your heart.
Endurance – Deuteronomy 8:2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. God often calls us to endure disciple or testing over a long period of time to work his purpose in our lives. A young man once asked, “why does God’s testing go on so long?” A wise pastor replied, “God can grow a squash in a few months but it takes years to grow an oak tree. God is not interested in growing Christian squashes!”
Success – 2 Chronicles 32:31 But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart. Hezekiah had the greatest success since the time of King David. When word spread, special messengers from the country of Babylon came to see his success. God watched to see how Hezekiah would act. Unfortunately, his heart turned to pride and sin. Success can test us just as much as trouble. Be careful to give God the glory when God gives you success. The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him. Proverbs 27:21
Why Does God Test Us?
God tests us for our good and so that we will grow in our relationship with him. This positive purpose separates God’s testing from Satan’s temptations, for the devil provokes us in order to devour and destroy (1 Pet. 5:8).
God wants to reproduce the character of Jesus in all of his children (Romans 8:29). To do that he uses testing to achieve the following results:
To Refine Us – Psalm 66:10 For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. The fire of the refinery is fierce, but God uses the heat to purify your heart and mind to make you complete and free from the contamination of the world.
To Keep Us From Sinning – Exodus 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” The trials God sends have the remarkable quality of intensely focusing our attention on what really matters in our lives. When we are tested, we realize in a new way how awe-inspiring God is and how deeply he examines our lives for sin. Intense testing should result in a holy fear of God and a new commitment to live a pure life.
To Test our Integrity – 1 Chronicles 29:17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. Psalm 17:3 Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. The Lord is only pleased with genuine character, he abhors a hypocrite who says the right thing but who has the opposite feeling in the heart. God uses testing to reveal how genuine we are, or are we just a “counterfeit Christian?”
To Measure Our Love – Deuteronomy 13:3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. Testing reveals our loyalty and love for God. God does not want a “Sunday Christian” who sings His praises and says pious things on Sunday, but who gives their heart to the world the other days of the week. So God uses testing to make us authentic people who love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).
To Reward Our Efforts – Jeremiah 17:10 “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” God promises great rewards to the believer who works hard for his name over a sustained period of time (Galatians 6:9, Revelation 22:12).
The End Result Of God’s Testing
God designs every experience of your life to ultimately bring good to you. Though you are tested, often for long periods of time, there is a good reason for it and a positive reward waiting for you (Romans 8:28).
King David knows all about trials and testing. It was his heart’s desire to please God. Even though he seriously sinned, he confessed and was restored after a time of being refined by testing.
David has given us a powerful prayer that we can echo to God. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offense way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
David realized that the ultimate purpose of God’s testing was to bring him to everlasting life. Remember, your momentary afflictions are achieving an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Corinthians 4:17)Tags: heart, purpose, testing