When I set an exam paper for my students, it is never my intention to make them fail. I try my best to set a fair paper, that will 'test' what they should know already and to 'examine' how far they have come. I also do all I can to prepare them for the exam, so that they can give their best shot (... if I try and test what they "don't know", then it may just make me look bad in the end:)
So, if God happens to allow me to go through a time of testing, is it because God wants to see me fail or is it that God knows I can come out stronger? I don't believe in a God who sets me up to fail, but I do accept that sometimes I need to go through testing times.
Sadly, many people don't like the times of testing and end up blaming God for their failure - these people often turn their backs on God and walk away from the faith. What is your experience of the spiritual "exam time?"
Luke 8:13 - "Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy
when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but
in the time of testing they fall away."
James 1:3 - "...because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."
So, my prayer is that your time of testing would produce "Perseverance" and not "Abandonement."
Living in Grace