God Will Test the Believer
Just like a plumber will
test the pipes he has soldered by applying pressure in the form of air or water,
so God will test each of us.
It is in God's plan for our lives to test us.
God will test us to:
a) refine us. . . this rids us of false beliefs, idle dreams, worthless attitudes and things that hold us back.
Psalm 66:8-12, "Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.
For you, O God, tested us: you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.
You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance."
Lamentations 3:27, "It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young."
Isaiah 48:10, "See,
I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction."
Daniel 11:35, "Some
of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless
until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time."
b) strengthen us. . . just like lifting weights makes the physical body's present strength become stronger
c) proved genuine. . . no one wants to buy a new car with out driving it and getting to experience the ride and the power