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WHY DOES GOD TEST AND TRY US?
Paul's Experience, "l am going to
boast only about how weak I am and how
great God is to use such weakness for his
glory.... The experiences I had [of being
taken up to Heaven] were so tremendous,
God was afraid I might be puffed up [full
of pride] by them; so I was given a thorn
in the flesh, a messenger from Satan to hurt
and bother me, and prick my pride.
"Three times I begged God to take it
away. Each time he said, 'No. My grace
[enablement] is adequate for you. My
power [strength] shows up best in weak
.. Since I know it is all for Christ's
good, I am quite happy about 'the
thorn, ' and about insults and hardships,
persecutions and difficulties; for
when I am weak, then I am strong —
the less I have, the more I depend on
him" (2CoT 12:5,7-10 tib).
Paul teaches us several important lessons about tests and trials in the life of a
leader. Among them are:
Beware Of Pride. Valid spiritual
experiences during times of prayer can
cause us to be prideful.
Depend On God. Our discomfort
is less important to God than our character.
If our pride needs to be pricked, God will
send along a messenger of Satan to make
us weak, so we will depend on Him,
Rejoice In Trials. Only through
humility and weakness can God's power
be manifest in our lives. Hence, we can
rejoice in tribulation, hardships and persecution, because we know it can result in
God's power and glory being revealed in
When we start seeking for the power,
the glory and the life of the Spirit to be
expressed through us, God's response to
our petition does not come in the way we
expect. We pray for patience, and He sends
tribulation. Why? Because "tribulation
develops patience " (Rom 5:3).
He is answering our prayer, but not the
way we thought He would. We must recognize that the buffeting may be "God...
working in us to will and to do of his good
pleasure "(Phil 2:13).
Affliction Separates The
Chosen From The Called
"I have chosen thee in the furnace of
affliction" (Isa 48:10). In this verse, the word "chosen" is used in the
sense of being "graded," as in a school course examination or test.
When we do
our lessons and take our tests in school, we are "graded" by the teacher on how
well we have performed. If we receive a passing grade, we graduate to the next
level or grade, one that is more difficult and challenging.
How does God
determine whether to give me a passing grade? He tests our performance in the
furnace of affliction. our response to trials and frustrations is graded. God
observes how we react to heavy pressure and difficult, situations. If we respond appropriately He says, "Well done,
My good and faithful servant. Now you are
ready to pass on to the next course, the next
level of difficulty."
As we learn and
grow. He presents us with ever harder tasks and continues to test, to grade, to choose.
' 'Many are called but few are chosen ' '
(Matt 20:16). Why are few chosen? Because we are graded in the furnace of affliction, and few of us pass the test for
There is a powerful statement in the
Book of Revelation concerning those the
Lord Jesus allows to go forth in conquest
with Him. "These shall make war with...
the Lord of lords and the King of kings and
they that are with him are called, and
chosen, and faithful ' '(Rev 17:14).
Three requirements were essential.
You had first to be called, then chosen,
and to have proved yourself faithful. Sufferings, trials and tribulations mark the
path of those in this company. They've
proven themselves worthy to be chosen
and have stood faithful to the Lord, even
if it meant hazarding their lives for Him.