God will certainly test our faith. That is a biblical promise. You can count on it just as surely as God’s promise to save us. He will save us AND He will test us. It’s important that we realize the truth about God’s testing. Too often we miss the point entirely and end up twisted around and misunderstanding God and ourselves.
Here’s the main truth: when God tests your faith, He is not revealing your own strength to you; rather, He is training you to rest in His strength.
Too often we have the mindset that we make it through by the strength of our own faith…as if faith were focused on us! That is the very opposite of faith. Faith in Jesus means recognizing that we do not have the strength necessary to make it through the trial. To say that WE are strong enough to make it through is to deny that we need HIM.
Trials and tests of faith are meant by God to teach us that we are NOT strong enough. When God tests our faith, His intention is to make us more and more aware of our own weakness, and teach us to cry out to Him for deliverance. THAT is faith: to lift the bruised and exhausted hands of the soul clenched in grief up to God and say “Only you can save me! My help comes from you! You are my deliverer and my refuge! If you do not bring me through, I will certainly be lost.”
Friend, when you find your faith being tested, do not believe the lie that you are strong enough. The trial is not intended to reveal your own strength to you. God is training you to understand your own weakness and cry out to Him for His strength. Faith is relying on the strength of the Lord, not your own strength.
Trust Him! More than you trust your own strength, trust His!
A song of ascents.
1I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.