Both the Old and New Testaments are filled with stories of those whose faith was tested. Sometimes the person stood the test; other times he or she did not.

Abraham both passed and failed. He did not have faith that God would give him a son in his old age, so he took matters into his own hands (Gen. 16). Later, however, he passed a faith test with flying colors when he took his son Isaac to the top of Mt. Moriah to sacrifice him, even though Isaac was the son through which God promised to bless Abraham with innumerable descendants (Heb. 11:17-19).

Peter started to step out in faith from a boat on the Sea of Galilee when he asked Jesus if he could walk on water. When Peter first stepped out of the boat, he did walk on the water, but as the winds and waves grew his faith faltered, and Jesus rescued him. Peter further failed the test when he promised Jesus that of all the people who might betray Him, he certainly would not (Matt. 16:22).

Later, however, his faith was as solid as his name when he bravely faced the Sanhedrin and was thrown in jail, fully expecting to be executed for following Jesus. Instead, an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and led Peter out of prison, right past the guards (Acts 12:1-11).

James tells us we will face tests to develop perseverance in our faith walk (Jas. 1:2-4). We must face the tests boldly anywhere we meet them – at work, at school, in society – with faith, knowing that when we do, God will help us “ace” that test.