Alert readers of my March 2, 2014 blog, The Testing Of Our Faith under the category, Instruction found me susceptible as all other Christians not only to the sin of unbelief, but also offering fear driven prayer to God that seeks His ratification of my solutions over what His might be. I should have known better by now--no doubt one of the reasons the Lord allowed me to go through the painful consequences. My youth in Christ is filled with those kinds of prayers that were not all treated with severity in the failed aftermath. Our God is a Father with no equal; a perfect balance of patience, wisdom and mercy as well as firmness and severity as needed with His sons. All praises be to Him!
As the Lord has led, I have been writing a lot about His testing of saints and sinners. Christians new to the faith especially have to be asking “why does God need to test men since He already knows what is in our hearts?” The question is valid with multiple answers in which I will focus on Christians and our faith momentarily. In general, though, while God knows our hearts, we often do not. Also, we easily deceive ourselves thinking we are better and stronger than we are. God tests men’s hearts to prove the content He knows of that we may be judged accordingly, see our true state and repent or praise Him for His work in us (Psalm 7:9-17, 17:3-5; John 3:16-21)!
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