1Peter1: 6 – 7 —– In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Many of us think we endure trials because of our circumstances. We believe that if our circumstances would change, we’d be able to act right. But God wants us to become so mature and stable that we act right even when none of our circumstances are good.
There are different levels of faith, and most of the time we want to use our faith to get rid of a problem. But sometimes God’s plan is for us to exercise a higher level of faith that will carry us through life’s challenges. This requires even greater faith than being delivered from a situation.
We seem surprised that we must go through a time of trial or suffering. Perhaps we have been faithful to learn and obey the Word, and the trials still come. But we need to understand that these trials come simply to test and purify our faith.
Too often we marvel at the delivering power of God and overlook His keeping, strengthening and enabling power.
Trials do not work against us but for us. When we understand this truth, we can count it all joy when the trials come in our life. These trials in our life, as a Christian, are no longer an obstacle but an opportunity to lead us to maturity.
Sometimes we may endure trials simply because of our involvement with the Word of God. When someone receives the Word of God, Satan delights in coming immediately to try to steal what’s been sown in their heart. He knows the Word will strengthen us and help us live a victorious Christian life, and he wants to stop it if he can. So it’s imperative in the midst of trials to guard the Word in our heart and resist the devil from stealing it away from us.
We also face trials and suffer simply because we live in a world full of sin. But Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace and confidence. In the world, you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration, but be of good cheer For I have overcome the world.”
What a promise! Understanding the reason for our suffering and having the assurance of the final glory we’ll share should make it a little easier to enjoy our lives…even during the times of sharing in suffering.
What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them. We must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly