The testing of our faith is part of our Christian walk. And the more our faith is tested, the more we come to lean on God and our faith grows stronger as we endure each trial.
Here are two illustrations of tested faith. In Genesis 22, Abrabram was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. Job's faith was tested when he lost everything he had and yet he still praised God.
If you are going through a time of testing, remember God loves you and He will not allow the pressure to take you beyond what you are capable of handling.
Be encouraged as you meditate on the scriptures below:
* Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
* Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings. ( 1 Peter 4:12-13)
* And endurance builds character, which gives us hope that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with love. (Romans 5:4)
* But he knows the way that I take; When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)
* No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
* When you passes through the waters, I will be with thee: And through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. (Isaiah 43:2)
* In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it it tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
* Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)