The testing of your faith
The testing or proving is done to find out what you have learned. It is not to prove your level of faith to God but to you. One interesting fact is that the more we know about our Supreme Father the smaller our faith has to be. Our great God requires small-mustard seed faith.
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials. 3 Know that the testing of your faith produces patience (endurance). 4 Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be mature, complete, and lacking in nothing. (NSB)
- NOTE: verse 3, the KJV uses the word ‘trying’; “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” The word ‘trying’ comes from the Greek word δοκίμιον dokimion (dok-im’-ee-on) n. 1. a testing; 1) the proving; 2) that by which something is tried or proved, a test.
Is your faith being tested?
Is something or someone trying your faith? Sometimes it seems that all hope is gone and you feel like giving up. Just know that ‘the testing or trying of your faith’ is for a good reason. According to James, when you realize patience / endurance / perseverance will be the result, the testing of your faith is reason for rejoicing (James 1:2-3). You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.
The New Life Version says “these tests prove your faith and helps you not to give up.” Keep in mind, there is a greater reward waiting for you, Jesus says in Matthew 10:22b “…he who endures to the end will be saved.” (NKJV)
James 1:2-3 variations
♦ My brethren, count deem it all joy cheer when ye fall into divers temptations testings ; 3 Knowing this, that the trying proofing of your faith trust worketh patience endurance. (exeGeses)
♦ My brothers and sisters, make up your mind to be full of joy whenever you face various kinds of testing. 3 Because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (SENT)
Do not give in to temptation(s)
Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward. 13 No one who is tested should say, “God is tempting me!” This is because God is not tempted by any form of evil, nor does he tempt anyone. James 1:12-13 (CEB)
Note: the key verse(s) are enclosed in parenthesis (#).
James 1:2-8 (2-3); Romans 5:1-5 (3); 1 Peter 4:12-19 (12-13); Revelation 2:8-11 (9-10); Romans 2:1-16 (7); Galatians 6:6-10 (9); James 1:12-18 (12-13); 1 Peter 1:3-12 (6-9); Psalms 66:8-12 and 16-20 (10-12 and 19-20).
Jesus telling the disciples to endure: Matthew 10:16-26 [(22) compare Mark 13:9-13 (13) and Luke 21:12-19 (19)]; Matthew 24:3-14 [(13) compare Mark 3:3-13 (13); Luke 21:7-19 (19)]
Sorrows and trials come…
1 Peter 1:6-9 Rejoice triumphantly in the prospect of this, even if now, for a short time, you are compelled to sorrow amid various trials. 7 The sorrow comes in order that the testing of your faith–being more precious than that of gold, which perishes and yet is proved by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the re-appearing of Jesus Christ.
8 Him you love, though your eyes have never looked on Him. In Him, though at present you cannot see Him, you nevertheless trust, and triumph with a joy which is unspeakable and is crowned with glory, 9 while you are securing as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. (WNT)
Be patient and go through
No matter how long the testing of your faith last, be patient, go through it, you can pass the faith tests. The psalmist says in Psalms 66:10 and 19-20 “For you, O God, have put us to the test: testing us by fire like silver. 19 But truly God’s ear has been open; he has given attention to the voice of my prayer. 20 Praise be to God who has not taken away his good faith and his mercy from me.” (BBE)
Sharing Christ’s sufferings
1 Peter 4:12-13 “My friends, don’t be surprised at the painful things that you are now suffering, which are testing your faith. Don’t think that something strange is happening to you. 13 But you should be happy that you are sharing in Christ’s sufferings. You will be happy and full of joy when Christ shows his glory.” (ERV)
Hold on, patiently endure your faith tests and be blessed my friends—♥ Tim.
♥ Question for “Testing – Pass the Faith Tests”: Are you patiently enduring your faith tests?
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Common English Bible (CEB) Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible Scripture quoted by permission. || (ERV) Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation Center, Inc. and used by permission. || (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. || (SENT) The Spoken English New Testament copyright 2009 J. Webb Mealy, All Rights Reserved.