"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." I Peter 1:3-7
As I read this portion of scripture, I couldn’t help but think about a meeting I had with a young man this week. This gentleman is a friend and I haven’t seen for a while, but for some reason I thought about him and sent him a text message to check on him. He texted me back and wanted to meet.
We met at a coffee house which is customary of our meetings, and we finally sat down to catch up. When I saw him, he looked healthy and happy. I asked him how things were going and to my surprise, he said this past year was very difficult. He proceeded to tell me that he lost his house and almost lost his marriage. I was shocked, when he told me the news. He expressed feelings of failure in regards to leading his family the way God wanted him to and these feelings began to translate to his marriage.
My friend told me that he had reached a critical cross road in his life; he was faced with the decision to trust God or himself during this trial. As he began to unpack the story for me, he expressed that he continued to trust God during the ordeal. He began serving in ministry with his wife teaching Kindergarten age children. When he mentioned this, a big smile came over his face. He said, “Scotty I really liked teaching the kids about God”. I could see genuine joy in his face. I was happy because for the first time I saw him smile about something that truly made him happy.
Did my friend keep his house? No, but he strengthened his faith and kept his family, neither of which you can put a price on. Not only did he keep his family, but his family has never been closer as a result of the decision made during this trial. The whole family’s faith was bolstered and increased; my faith was increased as a result of just talking with my friend.
I noticed during our conversation that we all live verses 6-7 on a daily basis, but will our faith be “proved genuine” through trials?
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." I Peter 1:6-8
I’ve come to the conclusion that those who truly believe will continue to trust God when trials come.
Now when I think about James 1:2, it make sense to me:
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds."
Now we can view trials as an opportunity to get closer to God.
Posted on Mon, January 23, 2012
by Scott Stevenson