– Warren Wiersbe
Sometimes God will allow tests or trials to cause us to change our direction in life. God may want to get our attention to show us that we’re going in the wrong direction or we’re moving from the path that He intends for us to be on. God is merciful, but He is also a loving Father Who corrects us when we need it, including a course correction in life. His motivation for all trials and tests is that He loves us and wants what’s best for us. We must remember that “the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:6).
When God is having us pass through tests and trials, He has a purpose; and part of that purpose is to be perfected, as the Apostle Peter wrote, “Even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled” (1 Peter 3:14). James adds, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).
Have you ever been in a trial or a test and thought why this, Lord? I know I have, but a better question might be what is God trying to tell me. Perhaps He wants us to reflect on our lives and to see if we’ll trust Him in this difficult time. He always has our best interests in mind no matter what happens, good or bad (Romans 8:28). When we can’t see the shoreline while in a storm, we can at least trust that God is Lord of the storms. We must learn to see with eyes of faith, even while looking into nothing but darkness.
God loves us enough to steer our course back onto the right track. He also loves us enough to have trials and tests to work in perfecting our faith. And He will also allow tests and trials to have us reflect on life and learn why we can trust God, even when we can’t feel Him. He is there, even if it doesn’t feel like it, because He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).