Why does God test us when He already knows what we will do?
He doesn’t have to ‘find out’ how strong we are…He already knows.
He doesn’t have to see what we will choose…He already knows.
Yes, God tests us so WE can see how strong we are…or aren’t. Just like any other assessment, tests let us know where we stand, and where we need to grow.
Tests allow others to benefit from witnessing our strength, and to learn from our mistakes…
However, there is one more reason God tests us that is so obvious in scripture, but we if we aren’t careful we’ll miss it…
God somtimes wants to prove a point to the enemy.
God knows the outcome beforehand, but the enemy doesn’t.
The enemy thinks he can tempt you to do anything he wants and put God to open shame.
God loves it when we prove the enemy wrong ‘to his face’. Much like if an attractive rival tempts your spouse. This rival taunts you and tells you he or she can have your spouse any time they wish. You know for yourself that your spouse is attracted to the rival, but they still don’t give in. You didn’t have to make prevent your spouse from giving in…they willingly rejected the rival.
This happened ‘in a sense’ with Job…
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
9 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
Next time you’re tested, put your name in Job’s place…
“Consider my servant ________.”
Show the enemy that he doesn’t know you better than God does.
Let God prove to the enemy, that you’re stronger than he thinks.
Make God shine in the face of the enemy.
2 Timothy 2:3-5 (NKJV)
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.