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[Scripture in red indicates wisdom or instruction from our Savior and God's only Son, Jesus Christ.]

Deuteronomy 8: 2 The Lord tests you to find out whether or not you will really obey His commands.

Job 5: 8-11 God will hear the cry of help from those who are faithful. God gives prosperity to the poor and humble, and He takes sufferers to safety.

Job 5: 17-26 Consider the joy of being tested by God. Do not despise the chastening of the Almighty when you sin. This is how we learn His wisdom. He will rescue you again and again so that no evil can touch you.

Job 8: 5-7 If you are pure and live with complete integrity and if you pray to God and seek His favor, He will rise up and restore your happy home. Though you started with little, you will end with much.

Job 8: 20-22 God will not reject a person of spiritual integrity. Those people with such faith will again be filled with joy. Those who hate the righteous will be clothed with shame, and the wicked will be destroyed.

Job 11: 13-20 Make your heart pure and pray to God with sincere devotion without conditions. Through such prayer, you will forget your misery. You will gain courage and become strong. The wicked will lose hope. They will have no escape. Their hope becomes despair.

Job 22: 21-29 Stop quarreling with God. Listen to His wisdom which is revealed by His tests, and you will have peace at last. Things will go well for you. Give up your lust for money, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.

Job 36: 7-15 God's eyes never leave the innocent. If troubles come upon the innocent, He shows them the reason. He gets their attention to help turn them away from evil. By allowing hardships, He rescues those who suffer.

Job 36: 20-21 Be on guard! Turn back from evil. Do not long for the cover of night so your sufferings will go away, for suffering is how God is trying to turn you away from evil.

Psalms 25: 4-5 Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord. Lead me by your pure truth. All day long I put my hope in you.

Psalms 25: 8-10 The Lord is good and always does what is right for us. He shows the proper path to those who go astray. He teaches the humble what is right and what is wrong. His love is unfailing for those who keep His covenant and obey His laws.

Psalms 32: 7-8 For the faithful, things always work out for the best. The Lord says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.'

Psalms 34: 17-19 The Lord hears the righteous when they call out to the Lord for help, and the He helps them out of trouble. But righteous people do not escape all troubles - they have them too. But the Lord helps them in each and every problem.

Psalms 40: 1-3 I wait patiently for God to help me. He listens and hears my cry. He lifts me out of the pit of despair, and He sets me on a firm path. He helps all who praise Him and who put their trust in Him. Many will hear the glorious things He has done for me.

Psalms 76: 3-11 Don't always moan about your current situation. Think back, and be thankful for all of the blessings God has given you throughout your lifetime.

Psalms 94: 12 Happy are those whom you discipline, Lord, and those whom you teach from your law.

Psalms 119: 71 The suffering you sent me was good for me. It taught me to pay attention to your principles.

Psalms 119: 75-76 I know, O Lord, that your decisions are fair. You discipline me because I need it.

Psalms 139: 1-6 The Lord provides a path for us, but His reasoning is too wonderful for us to know. We must trust that He has a plan for us.

Psalms 139: 23-24 A prayer for guidance: Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Proverbs 3: 11-12 Don't ignore the Lord when He disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when He corrects you. For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Proverbs 12: 1 To learn, you must love discipline. It is unwise to hate correction.

Proverbs 27: 21 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.

Proverbs 29: 18 When people do not accept divine guidance in the way of life's trials, they run wild and never learn. But whoever obeys the law and trusts in the Lord is happy.

Ecclesiastes 7: 3 Sadness has a refining influence on us.

Ecclesiastes 9: 1-4 This is the trap that unbelievers fall into: Good people often suffer the same treatment as sinners. Many sinners appear to get off easy. This is true only during life. All people eventually die.

Ecclesiastes 9: 12 People can never predict when hard times might come.

Isaiah 29: 15 Destruction is certain for those who try to hide their plans from the Lord.

Lamentations 3: 21-33 No matter the calamity, keep your faith in the Lord. His love never ends. His mercies begin afresh each day. The Lord does not abandon anyone forever. Though He teaches us through grief, He also shows compassion by bringing encouragement.

Matthew 4: 7 Do not test the Lord your God.

Matthew 20: 1-16 Jesus explains that we should not expect more reward than someone else even though our deeds might be greater. He said of those in Heaven that 'Many who are first now will be last then; and those who are last now will be first then.'

Matthew 26: 36-46 Jesus prayed before His capture at Gethsemane, 'Father, if possible, let this cup of suffering be taken from Me, yet let your will be done, not Mine.' We must always trust God, for He has a perfect plan.

Mark 9: 49-50 Jesus said, 'Everyone will be purified with fire. Salt is good for seasoning, but if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.' Everyone will be tested.

Mark 14: 35-36 Jesus prayed before His capture at Gethsemane, 'Father, if possible, let this cup of suffering be taken from Me, yet let your will be done, not Mine.' We must always trust God, for He has a perfect plan.

Luke 4: 12 Jesus said, 'Do not test the Lord thy God.'

Luke 10: 29-37 Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan to answer the question, 'Who is my neighbor?' It is often a person who has experienced personal tragedy who understands the suffering of others and gives mercy to those in need.

Luke 22: 41-42 Jesus prayed before His capture at Gethsemane, 'Father, if possible, let this cup of suffering be taken from Me, yet let your will be done, not Mine.' We must always trust God, for He has a perfect plan.

John 6: 44-45 Jesus said, 'No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them from the dead.' God draws us to Jesus as we comprehend Jesus' miracles and learn from His teachings. 'They will be taught by God.'

John 9: 1-4 Jesus said that birth defects do not happen because someone has sinned. Some people are born with handicaps so the power of God can be seen in them. Every person has a task assigned by God, and we must quickly do our part because life is so short.

John 15: 1-3 Jesus said, 'I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch that doesn't produce fruit, and He prunes the fruit-bearing branches to produce even more.' Life's trials are God's way of opening a door to His wisdom.

Acts 2: 25-28 The Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. He has shown me the way of life, and He will give me wonderful joy in His presence.

Acts 14: 21-22 The apostles Paul and Barnabas preached that we must enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations.

Acts 21: 14 The will of the Lord be done.

Romans 5: 3-6 Trials in life are good for us. They help us to learn and to understand when others go through their own trials. Testing strengthens our character, and the Holy Spirit is always there to give us love and guidance, if we will only have faith and listen.

Romans 8: 15-17 God's Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children. And we will share His treasures-for everything God gives to His Son, Jesus Christ, is ours, too. But to share in His glory, we must also share Christ's suffering.

Romans 8: 18-25 All Christians experience anguish over life's trials on earth. Our hearts groan to be released from suffering. But we know that God will give us our full rights as His children, including the new bodies He has promised us, and we must wait patiently.

1 Corinthians 3: 10-15 There is only one foundation-Jesus Christ. Others may now build upon that foundation, but there will come a time of testing at the Judgment Day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone's work will be put through the fire for testing.

1 Corinthians 7: 29-32 Happiness or sadness or wealth should not keep anyone from doing God's work. Make good use of the things of the world without becoming attached to them, for this world will pass away. In everything you do, be free from the concerns of this life.

1 Corinthians 10: 11 The sufferings experienced by the people of Israel for their misbehavior is a message to us from God.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-7 God is the original source of every mercy. God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can encourage others who go through similar hardships. The more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His blessings through Christ.

2 Corinthians 4: 8-10 God is with us in our troubles, so we must keep our faith. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not broken. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that His life may be seen in our bodies.

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 Never give up, because troubles that seem big now are really quite small. Yet such despair leads to an immeasurably great glory that will last forever. Present hardships will soon be over, so we must look beyond current troubles for the joy to come.

2 Corinthians 7: 10 God sometimes uses sorrow to turn us away from sin. Sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in destruction.

2 Corinthians 13: 5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test.

Hebrews 12: 5-13 Don't ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes those He accepts as His children. Discipline is painful, but it opens our eyes to the truth.

James 1: 2-4 When trouble comes your way, be grateful for the test of your faith and the new strength it will bring, for when your faith is fully developed, you will be ready for anything.

James 1: 12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing. This is the way to the crown of life that God promises those who love Him.

James 5: 10-11 Remember to endure suffering with patience. Job is an example of a man who endured patiently. From his experience we see how the Lord's plan finally ended in good, for He became full of tenderness and mercy.

1 Peter 1: 6-7 It is necessary that your faith is tested through daily trials, but there is wonderful joy ahead. If your faith remains strong during your daily testing, your trust in Him will bring you much praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ returns.

1 Peter 4: 12-14 Don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through. Instead, be glad, because these trials will make you partners with Christ in His suffering, and afterwards you will have the wonderful joy of sharing His glory on Judgment Day.

1 Peter 5: 10 In His kindness God called you to His eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered for a while to cleanse your soul and learn His truth, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.

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Note to Readers: This is a condensed representation derived from several versions of the Christian Bible. Scripture and other information are presented here so readers can refer to and interpret the same passages in their preferred versions.
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