Having are Motives Tested


     A difficult challenge in the Christian faith is having to endure the testing of our motives for loving and living our lives for God. Motive is the intention of the heart as it relates to our interpreting and living out the truth or untruth as it relates to our faith. Having my motives tested will often cause disruptions and/or disgruntled feelings to emerge. This is the scene before God in His throne room where Satan is in attendance along with the sons of God. Of course, we are speaking of the book of Job where the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. God is so blessed with Job, his faithfulness, his uprightness, his blamelessness, as one who feared God and shunned evil, that the question of being tested would seem out of the ordinary. God allows the testing to occur because God is confident that Job is a true and faithful servant and will demonstrate his submission to the divine. 
     Has it occurred to you that God will allow testing to prove our faithfulness to Him?  In every proving ground there is the necessity to endure our claims to faith. We could only hope to be as faithful and enduring as Job. His response to God allowing Satan to test him was met with worship and the statement, “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” We could only hope to be so successful when our submission to the divine is challenged.