GOD, your God, is testing you to find out if you totally love him with everything you have in you. You are to follow only GOD, your God, hold him in deep reverence, keep his commandments, listen obediently to what he says, serve him—hold on to him for dear life! (Deu 13:3)
As I understand it, swordsmen used to test (or prove) their swords before a battle by whacking the blazes out of them on a tree, or rock. That way they would see for themselves whether the sword would stand the ‘real’ strain of an intense battle!
Doesn’t GOD have the right to test and see if we’ll trust Him enough to stand with Him, or run away to our harm …? ❤️