“Examine me, O Lord, and try me; test my mind and heart” (Psalm 26:2).

Using the language associated with the smelting and refining of metal, the prayer of the psalmist recognizes that while faith forges who we are as a people of God it is the hardships and trials of life that become the pressure test for the integrity of our faith. With testing the depth, quality, and richness of our faith becomes evident. Every hardship strengthens our faith and prepares us for the trials that will certainly follow. There is never a time when life isn’t putting faith to the test.

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