God will never tempt anyone, but testing is another matter. In fact, we can count on our Lord to continually test our faith. Several years ago my wife and I were going through some very difficult days (years). Like the apostle Paul who prayed three times that his thorn in the flesh be removed, I also prayed that He would remove our thorn in the flesh. I received the same answer as Paul, “My grace is sufficient,” and it was. Let me be quick to say that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not self inflicted. His thorn in the flesh was not sickness. Paul’s thorn in the flesh was persecution that came from Jews who hated him for preaching Grace over Law (See Nu. 33:55, Joshua 23:13). Mine was self inflicted because I had not studied God’s manual for life. Like most Christians, I went to Church, I prayed, and I tried to live a decent life, but I had no idea how the kingdom of God operated. The message from the Lord was always the same, “You change and your situation will change,” and it did. Slowly but surely, I began the journey of learning that God really does want His children to walk in health and prosper, (111 John 11) but when we read the entire verse, we will find that He added a requirement. The requirement is that both health and prosperity are ours in the same measure as our souls prosper. A prosperous soul is one whose faith is firmly established in God’s Word and promises.
God never said that we could walk in health unless a pandemic caused by a deadly virus occurred. No, but God’s word does say,”Everything named is under the feet (authority) of Jesus (Eph 1:21-22). Notice that the virus is named Coronavirus. By faith I can take the sword, God’s Word, and declare,”He is my refuge, and He delivers me from any deadly pestilence” (Ps. 91). God’s promises come with this guarantee, “God watches over His Word to perform it” (Jer. 1:12). I continually remind God’s children not to fool themselves when it comes to their faith. If you think you need a doctor, go see a doctor. If you think that you need medicine, take medicine. That is not God’s best, but none of us have arrived. We are all on a journey, and God will continually take us into testing fields to show us how strong our faith really is. God does not test so that He will know, He already knows. God’s tests for His children is His way of increasing our faith. This we know, “A faith untested is a faith that cannot be trusted.” Struggling with your faith? Be encouraged. Abraham, the Father of Faith, struggled. Elijah had his struggles, as did King David and countless others. We can take solace in knowing that Jesus stepped into the most difficult of circumstances and delivered all of those previously mentioned, including His disciples. He will do the same for you, but a commitment to learn God’s word and speak his promises in faith will surely hasten the answer.
In Christ Jesus, Don & Penny Griffin