Is it fair that God tests us and we’re not supposed to test Him?

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.’” We’re tested to be refined. God needs no refinement. He tests us because of His love for us. God proves Himself in His faithfulness to us all the time.

Ro 9:20-21 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use? We are merely the clay and must never forget this. It is an essential understanding, not just to grasp the concept of testing, but to grasp the very concept of salvation itself. If we seek to place God on trial, we do as Satan suggested Eve do. Satan told Eve she would be like God. She fell for his lie. If we buy the lie, then we forget we are the molded clay. The first step toward salvation is the realization we are imperfect, created beings, not sovereign unto ourselves, and in need of the perfect sacrificial salvation courtesy of God’s grace – the unearned free gift of our loving Creator.

This post is an excerpt (Question 3.5) from my book Ask James one.


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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3 Responses to Is it fair that God tests us and we’re not supposed to test Him?

  1. Michael Knudsen says:

    “Testing” God is easy enough, because his promises are sure and infallible, while we succeed or fail in human fashion. The Bible is filled with God’s promises to us–why shouldn’t he expect something in return, for our own good? As your quoted verse from Zechariah states, “they will call upon my name, and I WILL ANSWER THEM.” God gives us commandments and wants to see if we will keep them. He knows that by our keeping them we will be blessed with strengthened spirits and greater faith in His word. But they’re not easy to keep when worldly pressures bear down. As you say, God has no need of refinement, but for our own good He’s not afraid to throw out the challenge: “…and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Mal. 3:10)

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