Why are we subjected to testing?

Zech 13:9 And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

Surely if it’s the work of God, it is for the best possible purpose. That’s a good reason to find joy in your struggles. Actually, Jas 1:3 answers the question quite nicely without the help of Zechariah, although Zech 13:9 illustrates with poetic beauty what perseverance, patience, or steadfastness is really all about.

This post is an excerpt (Question 3.1) from my book Ask James one.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to Why are we subjected to testing?

  1. Jerry Hill says:

    “The Refiner’s fire has now become my heart’s desire.” Used to sing it in churches and many folks didn’t understand what it was about. Great song. Can’t remember the artist’s name. Been awhile now.

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