“We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
– Numbers 13:31
Does God allow the testing of our faith? Absolutely! James tells us that the testing of our faith produces endurance, yet he was referring to various situations that we fall into unknowingly in advance. And, he tells us that we need to be joyful in those circumstances. Through these seasons, our faith in the Lord will be developed, and future trials will face a saint who is steady and rooted in God and His promises.
Sometimes we do not fall into a time of testing. There are those occasions where the Lord tells us where we are heading in advance. God may not give us all the reasons and outcomes upfront, however, He may allow us to see ahead into areas He has called us to go. In this, I believe more faith in our heavenly Father is gained if we are obedient to His command.
The twelve men sent to spy out the land in advance were able to see the obstacles they were to go through to receive the spoils of it. This is where faith was tested, and weak points in the armor of their lives were brought to light. Most of the men came back discouraged because they saw giants in the land and thought there was no way to defeat them. Since their minds were on the circumstances, they forgot what God said before He sent them, “Spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.” It was already given to them, that is all they should have kept their minds on.
How much faith in Jesus does He tell us will move mountains? Our Savior tells us faith as a mustard seed, one of the smallest seeds there is. We live in a society where information is pouring into our hearts and minds almost constantly. Headlines of fear are what sells, and the media knows how to capture an audience. When the global Church is focused on Satan’s distractions in the news, we forget that Jesus said, “rejoice that your names are written in the Book of Life.” God still “holds the deepest part of the earth in His hands, and the mountain peaks also belong to Him.” Christ made a promise to return for His bride, and nothing or no one can take that promise away. Believe it, stand on it, and endure for just a little while longer!