God is all-knowing, so; if inclined, God has the ability to know what choice we will make when He puts us to the test so; Why test us?
Maybe the testing is not so much for God’s benefit but rather our benefit and, possibly, those for whom we are examples. Perhaps our response to God’s test is to help ground our faith. Maybe it’s to prompt us to seek answers in His Word, to seek Him in prayer, or cast our anxieties on Jesus, things that solidify our trust and deepen our root system.
The realization of our failure has the ability to do the same. We may not realize we are being tested, but each of us knows in our hearts if we do right or wrong.
Abraham was put to the test with his choice regarding Issac and God could know if he would pass or fail. As Abraham passed the test, Abraham gained from the trial. In Abraham’s case, we all gain from reading his story.
As the rooster crows three times, Peter failed his test, and Jesus knew he would. Still, in his disappointment and sorrow, Peter became even more committed after Jesus returned and later ascended into heaven—another example to all who read his story.
Even Jesus was tested, but because He knew scripture, He answered the test with scripture. Let us study so that we may confront the test with God’s Word in our hearts.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:4
- 1 Peter 1:7
- James 1:3
- Deuteronomy 13:3
- James 1:12-13
- Matthew 4:1-11
- 1 John 4:1
- Genesis 22:1–19
- Hebrews 11:17-19
- 1 Peter 1:7-9
- Acts 1:9-12
- 2 Timothy 2:15