"Here is how I see it – God does not trust us…he knows us all too well for that! He knows our abilities, he knows our talents, and he knows our weaknesses and he also knows that we are just about guaranteed to screw up most of what he asks of us. And he is perfectly ok with that. What I believe is that, knowing our inabilities and our fears and our weaknesses, God intentionally gives us challenges that are way above our pay grade. Way, way, way, way above it in many cases! Do you really believe that God would test us just to confirm for himself that he knew we could handle it all along? Again, I’m no expert, but I do not believe this is how it works. Rather, I believe he tests us in order to force our hand, to create circumstances in our lives which cause us to make the decision, one way or the other. Do we leave our own ambitions and judgments and understanding behind us and lean on him like we have never leaned before? Or instead do we continue to do things our way and shoulder the load with no guiding hand from above?"