John 7 deals a lot with the idea of a person’s faith being tested. Throughout the entire chapter, Jesus is questioned in several different forms. The people question his authority, they question his knowledge from his education, they question his faith and they question where he is coming from.
I remember a few summers ago (actually my first summer being a Christian), where I felt that my faith was being tested. I was living with some people who definitely were not Christian and didn’t quite hold up to the same ideals that I had about things. It was difficult sometimes to talk with them because issues of ‘how my faith was wrong’ would always seem to come up. I ended up meeting with a friend of mine for coffee one evening and he told me, “The Bible doesn’t say you faith might be tested, or it could be tested….the Bible says that your faith will be tested.”
…it really put things into perspective…
People always speak about those ‘God moment’s’ where they feel really high on life and can feel God’s passion and will within their lives. That is great, beautiful and awesome, but I think that some people can often forget about God during their troubles in life. While some of us have trouble praising God when it is necessary and only look to him for a ‘way out,’ others of us have no problem giving him praise…but when life hits, deadlines get closer and closer and life gets stressful, we can forget about God.
We forget about asking God for wisdom sometimes…and sometimes we just need to remember James 1:5-8.
I think that one interpretation on John 7 is that Jesus is giving us an example that our faith may not only be tested by other people and those that are trying to condemn, but also…our faith can be tested by the weighing down of life itself.
So the challenge is: when you are feeling stressed, lost, overwhelmed…ask yourself if you have looked towards God and had a conversation…perhaps you need one.