Why Does God Test Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac is interpreted through the ideology of sovereign control, the conclusion is

– God tests us to determine if our faith is worthy of His promise. Can we be trusted?

If the story is interpreted through the revelation of sovereign love, the conclusion is – God tests us so we can be set free to live confidently sure that He is faithful with all He has promised. He can be trusted!

Every test by God is an invitation to transition from one narrative to another, from control to love, from orphan to son or daughter, from bondage to freedom, from fractured thinking to wholeness, from our perspective to His, from our best thoughts about who He is, to the truth about who He is, from our story, to the whole story; the one He is telling.

How we experience testing matters! If we think the test is about earning the promises of God, we will continually miss the point of the test. This will lead us to develop the heart of a prodigal or a religious Pharisee.

But if we realize every test is an invitation, through faith, into a greater revelation of His always good love, we will navigate from bondage to freedom, we will be transformed, we will know righteousness, peace, and joy regardless of the circumstances.

When God asks us to trust and obey Him in an area where we are insecure, it’s so He can make us sure in the perfection of His love for us. Testing is the invitation to see God more fully and be set free from fear.

In each test is available to us breakthrough for our thinking, for our future experiences and for the generations that follow us. This breakthrough is available to the extent that we, like Abraham, go into the test contending for resurrection life, contending for the goodness of God, the sovereignty of love.

We don’t know what we don’t know. And testing is the invitation to discover.

If this story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac is interpreted through the ideology of sovereign control, the conclusion is – God tests us to determine if our faith is worthy of His promise. Can we be trusted?

If the story is interpreted through the revelation of sovereign love, the conclusion is – God tests us so we can be set free to live confidently sure that He is faithful with all He has promised. He can be trusted!

Every test by God is an invitation to transition from one narrative to another, from control to love, from orphan to son or daughter, from bondage to freedom, from fractured thinking to wholeness, from our perspective to His, from our best thoughts about who He is, to the truth about who He is, from our story, to the whole story; the one He is telling.

How we experience testing matters! If we think the test is about earning the promises of God, we will continually miss the point of the test. This will lead us to develop the heart of a prodigal or a religious Pharisee.

But if we realize every test is an invitation, through faith, into a greater revelation of His always good love, we will navigate from bondage to freedom, we will be transformed, we will know righteousness, peace, and joy regardless of the circumstances.

When God asks us to trust and obey Him in an area where we are insecure, it’s so He can make us sure in the perfection of His love for us. Testing is the invitation to see God more fully and be set free from fear.

In each test is available to us breakthrough for our thinking, for our future experiences and for the generations that follow us. This breakthrough is available to the extent that we, like Abraham, go into the test contending for resurrection life, contending for the goodness of God, the sovereignty of love.

We don’t know what we don’t know. And testing is the invitation to discover.


Jason Clark
is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story Ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.

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