God Gives Answers, Not Tests

Apr 4, 2020 -- Posted by : RyanHaley

When things are difficult (such as this current time with the Coronavirus), I sometimes find myself thinking that God is giving a test. Awhile ago, though, I had this encouraging revelation: God gives us answers, not tests! I think the world, the flesh, and the enemy are responsible for most (if not all) of the tests that we undergo. It’s important for us to know that God is always on our side. Psalms 46:1-3 (NIV) says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging”.

The current global pandemic of the Coronavirus in some ways feels like “the earth is giving way”, with much “roaring and quaking”. Individual lives and global structures seem as if they’re being shaken by something none of us have experienced before. With so much uncertainty and fear, it can feel like our faith is being tested. That may very well be true, but if we/our faith are going through a test, let’s remember that God is the One with the answer to that test. And the answer eventually always reveals itself in Jesus. (For an encouraging testimony about people expecting and experiencing God's best in the midst of this crisis, watch the above video of Chris and Bri Gordon's testimony)

After all, He is the Author and Finisher of faith (not the author of the test). If we’re in a trial, God is the One saying “Not Guilty!”. Through the free gift of righteousness God gave us in Christ Jesus, we can come confidently before the throne of grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Whether your need right now–for yourselves and/or your loved ones–is peace, health, safety, financial provision, or anything else; you can keep your perspective on God’s promises that He has richly supplied for all of your needs.

1 Timothy 6:17 says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” Likewise, Philippians 4:19 gives us this promise: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

There are numerous other scriptural promises about God’s protection, provision, and blessings for us because of our right standing before Him. The best thing about these promises is that they are no way based on us or our faithfulness, righteousness, holiness, or performance. They are exclusively the result of Jesus’ perfect performance, and His finished work. Under the New Covenant of Grace, our only work now is simply to believe in Jesus (John 6:29). Hallelujah, what a deal!

So again, because of Jesus, if you feel like you’re being tested right now, remember that God is the One with the answer. If you’re in the middle of one of life’s trials, God is the One saying “Not Guilty!” The more we keep our focus on Jesus, the more effortlessly we receive the answers we need. The more answers we receive–peace, health, provision, generosity, joy, etc.–the more we can share those with others who need them (and people need them right now). In the end, it all points back to Jesus and the goodness of God. And as Romans 2:4 says, it’s the goodness of God (not hardship or calamity) that leads people to repentance.



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