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Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.  Job 38:1 NIV

testedGod’s testing was no easy thing.

I was tested . . . and tested deeply . . . through want and need, through long delays and denials with shut doors and times where I doubted God’s sovereign plan and will for my life. Yet as I pressed forward into the Lord and trusted Him, I found the strength to push through, even when the pressure seemed at its worst.

We will all be tested in our walk with God. Joseph, Moses, and Job were. The king had Daniel thrown into the lion’s den, and the three Hebrews faced the rage of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and were tossed into the fiery furnace. Even Jesus, the Messiah, faced testing but won through His victory on the cross.

Yet for each one, God’s glorious and miraculous hand ushered them into the very thing God bid them to claim. Did they struggle and wrestle with the flesh as we all do? Absolutely. Even Christ suffered the same weaknesses as us, yet He did not sin. Christ now serves as our High Priest in the presence of God, empathizing with our weaknesses. Those who were tested trusted God but, at times, wrestled with doubt.

The Lord’s ways are mysterious and sovereign and beyond our comprehension. May we, despite all the schemes of flesh and blood and the Devil’s wiles, not lose heart because of our circumstances. Instead, we must trust in the promises of the Lord God. The things that propose to destroy us often become the instruments of exaltation in the hands of our God.

Will you shrink back and doubt the promises of the Most High God, or will you trust that He is working all things for your good and His glory?

What are some ways you can trust God through times of testing? 

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Jordan Zuniga

Jordan Zuniga is an emerging Christian poet, devotional writer, and fiction writer. He has multiple pieces published by Christian Devotions, Calla Press, Agape Review, and other publications. He is actively seeking representation from a literary agent. If you enjoy his work on Christian Devotions and would like to support his efforts, please follow him on Instagram @cccreativewriter.