They were for testing Israel, to find out if they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers through Moses. – Judges 3:4
Have you ever wished that God would just make life a little easier? You know what I mean. You’ve hit a run of difficulty and you think, “Hey, a little help, please!” You may even go so far as to think, maybe I’ve done something wrong and God is angry or displeased with me. In any case, you have probably asked yourself (more than once), “Why is this happening to me?”
Have you ever considered the fact that God just might be testing your faith?
Not all difficulty in our lives (though certainly some) is due to sin. Some difficulties are from God as inducements to persevere even when the path is full of obstacles. Is God powerful enough to remove every difficulty in our lives? Certainly He is, but we should never expect it to happen.
In order that we might display His strength (that is perfected through our weakness), such tests and trials must remain.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. – Chinua Achebe
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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