1/20/19 - Faith on Trial

“You have tested my heart.  You have visited me in the night.  You have tried me and have found nothing.  I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.”  (Psalms 17:3)


        Most of us have gone to a hospital lab for a blood test, hoping that they will find nothing wrong.  Most of us have been accused by someone and when the truth comes out, we have been proven innocent.  God tests the heart (Psalms 139:32).  He wants to make sure that our hearts are pure, virtuous, and strong.  He purifies our hearts when we draw near to Him (James 4:8).


        God allows our faith to be tested against temptations.  Not one of us is exempt. Being subject to temptation is part of our human nature.  Even Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are (Hebrews 2:18;  4:15) yet without sin.  His confidence and allegiance to His Father were without failure.  His heart was absolutely pure.  Although God allows us to be tested, God has not created us for failure.  We are not born with a predisposition to sin, but are born with the capacity to choose what is right, just as much as we have the capacity to choose what is wrong.  Therefore, we cannot accuse God of creating us to sin.  He wants our hearts to be pure.


        God allows our hearts to be tested against circumstances.  Job suffered many things that Satan used to tempt him to give up on God, and God allowed it.  However, the things that happened to Job: the loss of his property, the loss of his children, and the loss of his health were not sinful in themselves.  At some point, all of us are made to endure losses, disappointments, troubles, grief, health issues, and people letting us down.  These negatives in our lives weigh heavily on our hearts and can break us down.  Many turn against God when things are down, not realizing that it is during these times we need God the most.  Jesus said that “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22).


        God allows our hearts to be tested by time.  “Wait for it!”  We can be very impatient at times.  We want things and we want them now.  We want wisdom, maturity, success, peace, wealth, ease, happiness, recognition, and more.  Many people are often unhappy because they expect instant gratification.  Blessings come from God to those who wait.  Even regarding the coming of the Lord Jesus is something for which we must wait.  In the meantime, let us hold fast to our faith with pure hearts, so that nothing will be found lacking when He comes.