FAITH TESTED

Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people?”— Num 11:11 NLT

Have you ever experienced this attitude expressed by Moses? Have times of trouble put a load on your faith to the point that every fiber of your being is ready to collapse? Are you thinking God is going over board and treating you unjustly? Well take courage for indeed our heavenly Father sends us frequent problems to test our faith.

If our faith is going have value, if it’s worth anything, it will stand testing. Gold doesn’t panic in the fire because it will become pure, and a diamond has no dread of inspection because the true jewel fears no amount of testing.

Your faith is a pitiful faith if it can only trust God when friends are true, or your body is healthy, and your business profitable. True faith holds-on by the Lord's faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of the Lord’s countenance is concealed. True faith when under pressure cries-out “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him,” — Job 13:15. That’s faith birthed in heaven.

We could never know the music of a guitar if the strings were never touched nor could we experience the warmth of a fire if the coals were not utterly consumed. Peace is all the sweeter after the battle. Rest is so much more appreciated after hard work. We gain wisdom and strength when we pass through various trials. These tests enable us to the look towards the joy that awaits us. It would be hard to understand the supreme blessing of heaven outside the confines of the curse of sin and suffering here on earth. Spurgeon said; “There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights.”

The Apostle Paul in Romans five and verse three and four says; “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Our Lord and Savior receives the glory when we develop our faith through trials. Give Him glory!

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