Does God test people?

Does God test people?

James 1:2-4 - Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Recently I attended a Bible study where a brother was wrestling with God’s sovereignty and goodness. Trust me, as a 37-year-old father who has experienced the loss of two children, I am familiar with that struggle! Our brother was wrestling with James’ inspired description of Job as an example of someone who experienced God’s intentional compassion and mercy (James 5:11) and our friend made some pretty strong statements that I think need examining. Let’s think through topic for just a minute.

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Let Steadfastness Have Its Full Effect

Let Steadfastness Have Its Full Effect

Jas. 1:4 - "And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

I remember one of the first times I attempted to make chocolate chip cookies by myself. I was excited and in a hurry to get them in the oven so my siblings and I could enjoy the chocolate-filled result of my labor. When the oven timer sounded, I pulled the sheet of cookies out and we realized something was not right...

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