Moses then told the Jewish people that when they are confronted with a challenge to their faith (such as the prosperity of the wicked or of false prophets), they must remember that G-d is testing their loyalty and commitment to Him.
Tests of Faith
כִּי מְנַסֶּה ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם אֶתְכֶם לָדַעַת הֲיִשְׁכֶם אֹהֲבִים אֶת ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם בְּכָל לְבַבְכֶם וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁכֶם: (דברים יג:ד)
[Moses told the Jewish people,] “G-d is testing you to determine whether you really love G-d with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 13:4
We are tested when we witness a lack of the Divine favorthat we assume is entitled to those who follow G‑d’s will. Voices from bothwithin and without mock the sufferer’s naïve belief. When G‑d’s presence ishidden in these situations, it simply means that He wishes to grace us with acloser, more intense relationship with Him. In order to preserve our faith in G‑din the face of situations that test this faith, we have to draw upon deeperlevels of commitment than we normally do.
When we pass the test, the test disappears – its purpose havingbeen served – and our formerly deep, hidden connection with G‑d becomes our newnormative consciousness.1