Tests and Trials

Tests and Trials

by Inspiration Ministries

"The sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them … Then the Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not reach out and put your hand on him.'" – Job 1:6, 12 NASB The book of Job deals with a subject no one wants to think about – when we are tested or tried. Thinking about Job, we need to remember that God has declared the end from the beginning (Isaiah 41:26). He knows how everything will work out. But we need to remember that God may remove His protective hand for a season. As a result, we may go through trials or tests, times of uncertainty, or circumstances we may not desire. As Job learned, He may allow Satan to interfere for a season. But he only can act to the degree God allows. And He provides the limits. Like Job, we might wonder at times whether God has forsaken us, if we have done something wrong, or if we are being punished unfairly. When we go through tests, we must remember that God remains on the throne. The Bible tells us to “consider it all joy … when you encounter various trials.” When our faith is tested, we gain endurance. If we persevere, we will become “complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4). Job passed his test, and God brought him even greater blessings. Are you going through tests or trials? Do you feel stretched? Remember, God looks at your heart to see how you respond. Stay faithful in every situation. Continue to trust Him! Be confident that God is on the throne. Persevere! He will strengthen and reward you. Prayer Father, I commit these situations to You: ____________. Show me how to respond. I trust my life to You. In Jesus’ name, amen. Extended Reading Job 1