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Does God Test Us?

God will test you just before your breakthrough

Can I just say that when I read that my ire got up?  I became agitated.  I had a deep yearning to respond to that statement. So, I am!

I can not give you a definitive answer that God does or does not “test” us because, alas, I am not God.  So maybe He does test us before our breakthroughs or in general.  Or maybe…exam-today-300x300

Just maybe, there is another possibility…

A while back I wrote a blog entry called “Proofread Me” which gives my personal viewpoint on the whole “God testing us” concept.  Here is a brief recap:

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say a variation of the following:  “I think God allowed me to have these awful things happen to me to test me and make me grow.”

That doesn’t sit well with me…not at all…testing implies that you pass or fail something.  Maybe, that’s a just a college flashback!

But why “allow” someone you love to have awful things happen to them just so they can pass or fail some pop quiz. Could this simply be a semantics issue for me?  Possibly, but I don’t think God sets us up to pass or fail anything…

Based on that, here is my possible alternative to why God’s people are “tested” right before they receive a big breakthrough!  Think for a moment:  Whose deepest desire is for us to turn our backs on God…to give up before we can be blessed?  The enemy of our souls – that’s who!!!

Isn’t it possible, that the enemy would find no greater satisfaction than to attack us unmercifully right before we move to the next level of intimacy with God?  Personally, I find that theory more plausible than the idea that God chooses to “test” us before He decides to give us a breakthrough!

Above all else, the enemy doesn’t want us to receive any breakthroughs because that means that we will have another foot in the freedom arena.  The enemy wants us to stay trapped in the captivity of his prison cell of sin.  His desire is to “test” us incredibly hard so that we give up before we can receive the freedom God wants to give us.  Therefore, the enemy has the most to gain by “testing” us before a breakthrough!

The ironic thing is that God can use the “testing” the enemy intended for evil and turn it into something good…freedom from our prison…so that we receive our “breakthrough!”

Just a possibility to think about…

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good
of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)

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