…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)
God uses trials to accomplish many things, things we can’t even see or fathom, in the life of the Christian. These helpful verses in 1 Peter tell us two, wonderful things that God accomplishes through suffering.
Our Faith is Tested
Trials prove the genuineness of your faith in Jesus Christ. When a trial descends upon you like a storm, and hammers you, and throws you, and rips at your soul, that is a test of your faith. And when at the end of that trial you are still standing firm, rooted in the grace of God, that proves the absolute reality of your faith in Christ. Your faith isn’t a fairy tale or a phase of life. Your faith is a real faith, given to you by God and sustained by God through trials. It’s been through the blast furnace of trials and has come out more precious than gold.
If you’re enduring a trial right now, stand fast. To know with certainty that your faith is the real deal, not some sham, is an incredibly precious thing, more precious than gold. Trials test our faith and prove the reality of our faith.
God is Honored
On the final day when Christ returns and is revealed for all to see, your faith will result in praise, honor, and glory. This praise will first and foremost be directed to the Lord. We’ll say, “Lord you did it! You sustained me to the end, even when I thought I would never make it. You tested me and you kept me through the testing. Glory to God!”
And shockingly, your faith will also result in you receiving praise from God himself. You’ll hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant.” When you hear those words, every trial you ever endured will have been worth it. All the endurance and the testing and the times when it felt like you were hanging on for dear life, will have been totally worth it.
If you’re being tested by trials, hold firm to Christ. Your faith is being proven true, and your reward is coming soon.
Question: How else has God used suffering for good in your life?
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