Faith Like Gold

…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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  • Christina H. says:

    Excellent post. Another way that God uses suffering is to bring Him glory and honor and praise in this life here on earth. Because people weathering storms of life courageously, patiently, and peacefully is… well, rare. Not always, but often times the world is watching, and God can use that testimony of refining fire to draw others unto Himself. What an amazing way to be used in Kingdom work!

  • Michelle W. says:

    When I am slammed to the ground by trials I am forced to look up- not out. Sounds basic but it is essential.

  • Elaine says:

    Suffering can be overwhelming like being overcome by the ocean's undertow. But the Holy Spirt is there in the middle of our suffering and He reminds us of the Father's love, Christ's sacrifice and the Word. He also draws the body around us in suffering. I am thankful for the brothers and sisters who have served our family throughout various trials. Those friendships are precious becomes we have walked together through dark valleys. When the world sees us caring for and loving one another, the Father is pleased and He is glorified.

  • You're absolutely right! God displays his glory through men and women who go through trials in a way that pleases him.

  • It is basic, but we so quickly forget the basics. In some ways, trials force us to go back to the basics of our faith, which is a good thing!

  • The comfort provided by other believers is such a clear way that God demonstrates the beauty of the church!

  • For me, trials force unity. In the U.S. at least, we lack a strong sense of community with Christians as a whole, instead focusing on individual congregations or denominations. Trials, though, force us to bond together… both with Christ and the Body of Christ.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

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