Ever wonder why God tests His children? God tests us so we will grow and learn to lean on Him. He also tests us to see how much of the fruit of the Spirit we exhibit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control). Often, God will present trials to us so that we will apply the fruit of the Spirit in those situations. God also tests us to see the motives of our hearts. He watches to see if we are going to gripe and complain or choose to rejoice and praise Him through the most difficult challenges. God examines our hearts when we are presenting the gospel to test us to see if we are pleasing men or God. Entrusted with the gospel, we should speak humbly and grace filled because He has judged us worthy. Many times, we even ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit rather than sharing the Good News.
We are tested every day in many ways. Will we choose to obey God? Will we choose to pass the tests that God presents? Will we trust and lean into Him even when the trials abound? The choice is up to us, but without active faith it is impossible to please Him.
“God help us to have the right motives. Help us to be bold and loving when we witness. Help us not to compromise. As You try our hearts show us our motives. If they do not please You, may You work in our hearts to change us.”
For His Glory
Linda Reyes Shepherd
TRBC Mountain Blend