I believe all who desire to be overcomers will be tried by fire.We will be tested “if” we desire to come into this relationship of “submissive dependence” upon Jesus. Those who choose to abide and remain in this position of “leaning upon Him” will then be led by the Holy Spirit into a specially prepared wilderness, (a place of spiritual barrenness) where we will develop a deep inner hunger (dissatisfaction), along with an intense desire (frustration), in some area of our being.Then at a critical moment, when it (apparently) seems to us that the Lord is no longer interested in our problem, and that He is (wrongly) delaying His answer, the enemy will be “allowed” to come and tempt us. He will try to provoke us to act in some way to produce, or to bring about the satisfaction that we desperately long for, which is presently apart from the Lord’s provision for us. If we will steadfastly refuse this temptation and stand fast, in due time, the Lord will feed (satisfy) us.
“But He knows the way that I take: when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10
If we will be patient during our times of being tested, and “wait” for the Lord’s provision for us, then it can truly be said:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9