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The Acid Test

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The Acid Test

A severe trial is sometimes called an “acid test.” This term originated during times when gold was widely circulated. Nitric acid was applied to an object of gold to see if it was genuine or not. If it was fake, the acid decomposed it; if it was genuine, the gold was unaffected.

In God’s view, our faith is “much more precious than gold,” but it must be tested (1 Pet. 1:7). These “acid tests” are positive ones. The Lord is working to reveal genuine faith, not to expose false faith. During hard times, though, we may feel overwhelmed with the fear that our faith is decomposing.

Ronald Dunn, a Bible teacher who has experienced much personal tragedy, knows what we are going through.

He writes, “I’m often mystified. I don’t understand why it is that as I endeavor to live for God and pray and believe, everything seems to be falling apart. Sometimes I struggle, and I say, ‘Dear Lord, why are You allowing this to happen?’” Dunn concludes, “It’s good for us to remember that God is not an arsonist; He’s a refiner.”

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39.

Have you ever questioned God?

I have.

By | 2017-01-23T15:10:06+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Devotional|6 Comments


  1. Maureen Laniak January 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Paul, A timely message and encouragement for me.
    Thank you for the reminder of Romans 8:38- my baptism verse of over 30 years ago.

    Between God’s promise and a provision there is always a problem: (John Piper)

    • Paul Stark January 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Thanks for the kind comment, Maureen, and the quote from John Piper. Glad you got some encouragement just when it was needed. God is soooo good!

    • Paul Stark January 15, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      I just reread the John Piper quote you gave. I think it ends on a discouraging note (recognizing there is probably a context that could ameliorate my inference).

      So, as his unofficial editor, I’m going to restate it this way: “Remember that whenever you are facing a problem, it is one that always occurs somewhere between God’s promise and His provision.”

      There! That’s better 🙂

  2. John Quinlan January 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    You always know you’re on the right road. It’s uphill. 🙂

  3. John Quinlan January 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    James Dobson had a good book out a while ago called: “When God Doesn’t Make Sense.”
    Pretty good read on the subject.

    • Paul Stark January 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Hey, John. I’m aware of Dr. Dobson’s book, although I haven’t read it. I hope it is helpful to someone, so thanks for the suggestion.

      I’m thinking of producing a DVD on the subject of suffering and peace since it used to be a part of my live seminars, meaning I already have the material I need to produce the resource. So, anyone reading this post just got a secret “heads-up” 🙂

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