5473 proof, through testing

5473 proof, through testing

God seeks proof of genuine love, faith and growth in the lives of his people. To this end, he tests them in various ways. However, when people test him, it is often a symptom of lack of trust.

Reasons for God’s testing of Israel

To refine them Zec 13:8-9 See also Ps 66:10-12; Pr 17:3; Isa 48:10; Jer 6:27-30; Jer 9:7

To prove their obedience Ex 16:4 See also Ex 15:25-26; Dt 8:2-5,15-16; Jdg 2:22; Jdg 3:1-4; 1Ch 29:17

To prove their love for him Dt 13:1-3

God tests individuals

1Pe 1:6-7 See also Ge 22:1-18 Abraham; Job 23:10 Job; 2Ch 32:31 Hezekiah; Jn 6:5-6 Philip; Jas 1:2-3,12

Those who test God are usually motivated by lack of trust

Ps 78:18-22 See also Ex 17:1-7; Nu 14:22-23; Dt 6:16; Ps 78:40-44,56-57; Ps 106:13-15; 1Co 10:9; Heb 3:7-11; Ps 95:7-11

God may invite certain people to test him

Mal 3:10 See also Isa 7:10-14

God’s people are to seek proof through testing in certain areas

Believers are to test themselves 2Co 13:5 See also Gal 6:4

Believers are to test what they hear 1Th 5:21 See also 1Co 14:29; 1Jn 4:1-3

See also

4351refining
5560suffering
5593trial
6020sin
7416purification
7774prophets, false
8020faith
8453obedience
8477self-examination
8794persecution
8832testing