A test is a way to measure someone’s knowledge, skill, or resolve. We have scholastic tests, tests before driving a car, we might even need to take a test before starting a job. Tests are designed and given to us to see if we measure up. We experience tests when we have to make a difficult decision––a moment that may “test” your character. We may call these tests “trials.”
Being tested is a natural part of being human. So it is no surprise that being tested is a biblical design. People in the Bible experience tests throughout the entire history to see if they would live up to God’s intended purpose for humanity to see if they respond with faithfulness or disobedience.
In the Bible, the first test of faith for humans is introduced In Genesis 3, God gives Adam and Eve a test, telling them they are free to eat from any tree but not the tree of knowing good and evil. They give into temptation and choose to eat from the forbidden tree, beginning humanity’s downward spiral of sin and failure.
This story bothers a lot of people, and it leaves us to wonder: Why would God test humans in this way?
This wasn’t some arbitrary test conducted by a cruel God. This was an opportunity to truly be obedient the way God intended, And the choice is still ours.
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