James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
1Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
The idea of our faith would be tried sometimes provokes the concept that there might me some flaw in it that doesn’t measure up to God’s standard. This comes from our fallen nature that is forever trying to earn approval from God. There are two reasons that our faith would be tested. One is because we want to find the point of weakness. Stress is added until the weakest point fails and reveals the weakness. The second is to prove that the strength exists to bear the load. In construction we would sometimes do a load test to prove that the structure would bear the weight of the load. For example, the load for a beam would be 5,000 pounds, with a safety factor of 2,500 pounds, so we would load the beam with 7,500 pounds to prove that it was strong enough for its designed weight. This is the way the above verses are being used. God knows how much we can bear, but we do not know so he demonstrates that not only can we bear the weight but also that we discover that He is more than able to bring us through it. He is not trying to break us down but to build our confidence in His working.
There are at least six reasons why God would put your faith to the test.
1. We need to learn how to trust God.
2. We need to know who we really are.
3. The world needs to see faith in the Lord really work.
4. We need to be strengthened for battle.
5. We need the encouragement of victories.
6. We must discover our eternal reality.
(Each of these are addressed in chapter 7 of my book, The Mystery of Faith. See the Mystery of Faith section of this website, on how to order your copy)
Remember that we are His workmanship and He is recreating us in His image, His likeness and His dominion. His plan is to deliver us from this sinful age and He will not fail to deliver us spotless and blameless to the Father.