The Graciousness of God
Why Does God Test His People?
When we go through a time of trial, we often cry out to God to relieve our suffering. Do you ever stop to think of why God allows the suffering to happen? We might be able to find the answer in Deuteronomy chapter 8. “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. … Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD you God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.”
We see that God tests His people to humble them. We are so prone to becoming puffed up, to think that when we have good fortune, we did something to deserve it. We have worked hard and the good fortune is the result of our work. What about the other times when we have worked hard and nothing came of it. God wants us to remember that all things come from Him. We are to rely on Him for our daily necessities as well as our wants. When we don’t get what we think we need, our heavenly father is disciplining us for taking Him for granted.
Every prayer list that I have seen is full of requests. We are constantly asking God to do something for us, heal our sickness, protect us while we travel, let us get that new job, or new car or new house. How many prayer lists have you seen that thank God for His many blessings, for the rain and the snow that clean the air, for the beautiful sunsets and sunrises, for the birth of a child? Maybe if we were more thankful, our blessings would be beyond what we could imagine.