A Test of Faith

My last post dealt with a custody battle involving a Facebook acquaintance of mine. I asked the question “What do we do when there are two wills involved?” How do we know which is God’s? My friend made the comment that if one more person told her it was God’s will that her daughter’s father should have custody of the child she would do something unchristian like.

I have spent the last few days thinking about this. Nowhere can I find an answer, at least one that would be satisfactory to my friend. If there is one answer that would be more correct than others I guess it would be God would want the family to get back together and love each other and the child equally. But we all know this isn’t going to happen. So what else is there?

I am a believer in the saying that God has a plan for all of us. We may not be able to figure it out but He knows what He is doing. Sometimes we don’t always get what we ask for and that sucks. But there is a reason we don’t. One of these reasons I believe is God is testing our faith, trying to make it stronger.

My brothers, consider it a great joy when trials of many kinds come upon you, for you well know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, and perseverance must complete its work so that you will become fully developed, complete, not deficient in any way. – James 1: 2 – 4 (NJB)

Trials are different from temptation. God won’t tempt us to try to get us to sin but He will try our faith through circumstances, such as we see in this case. It is no different when we lose a child or a loved one due to illness, violence or accident. At the time we can’t understand why, and maybe we never will until the Day of Judgement.

When God tests our faith we have two choices. We can stay strong and continue praying. Or, we can give up on God. Another thing I believe is that God will take care of the just and punish the unjust. How this will happen in this case I can’t say. Let me reiterate I know nothing of this case other than what I know by my friend’s posts throughout the years this has been going on. I have never personally met any of the people involved.

I also believe that in the end good will triumph over evil, a right will prevail over wrong. God’s law is above all other law. The court system may judge something one way but that does not mean it is the right judgment according to God.

As we read in the Book of Proverbs:

The uprightness of the good makes their way straight, the wicked fall by their own wickedness. 6 Their uprightness sets the honest free, the treacherous are imprisoned by their own desires. 7 The hope of the wicked perishes with death, hope placed in riches comes to nothing. 8 The upright escapes affliction, the wicked incurs it instead. – Proverbs 11: 5 – 8 (NJB)

We need to live with the end in mind. The end goal is to live for eternity with God in Heaven.

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