“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”-1 Peter 1:6-7
Being a Christian doesn’t always mean life is going to be easier or that you are guaranteed all your heart’s desires. We are going to suffer. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). Though it may sound backward, when we go through trials and life gets messy, we should rejoice! Why would God tell us to rejoice when we are suffering? Because he knows we are unavoidably going to experience suffering and we have only two choices: to run from our faith or to hold fast to it. When we are ‘grieved by various trials’ and still choose to hold on to our faith, our faith is proven genuine. In verse 6-7, Peter compares our faith to gold, one of the most valuable things he could think of, and he says our faith is still more precious. When gold goes through the fire, all of the impurities melt away, resulting in the most perfect form of gold. That’s the exact reason our faith is put through fire, So that at the revelation of Jesus-when Christ comes back-it will result in praise and glory and honor. Our faith will be perfected in him.
How do you respond when life gets hard and you experience suffering? Do you run from Jesus or cling to your faith?
Dear Lord, I am so thankful that you hold us precious and valuable, even when we fail you, You know that we only experience true faith and reliance on you when we are tested or experience suffering. Thank you for your unfailing love and grace.