“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness [grief] through manifold temptations [various trials]: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
priceless trials published week of march 14, 2021
There is a little praise chorus I learned years ago that goes like this, “Lord, You are, more precious than silver. Lord, You are, more costly than gold. Lord, You are, more beautiful than diamonds. And nothing I desire compares with You.”
I trust that is our testimony, that in fact nothing compares to Christ. How many of us truly believe that to be true? In this passage, we are reminded that the riches of this world will perish and therefore it is foolish to spend our lives in pursuit of what is fleeting. Rather, our focus should be on what is eternal and in God's economy our faith in Christ is eternal.
God has designed the Christian life to require dependence on Him. God often accomplishes this through trials that He allows to come our way. Trials build our faith . . . if we endure. What does it mean to endure? It means that our faith results in praise, glory and honor to Christ. The way we respond to life’s hardships should reflect the character of Christ. It is through this kind of response that we bring honor to His name.
When facing difficult times, we often question God and say something like, “It just doesn't seem fair.” Sometimes it may even feel like God is withholding His blessings from us when we are experiencing the grief of trials. However, this passage assures us the opposite is true. Despite how we feel, the most loving thing God does is to test and build our faith. Why? Because having genuine faith makes us eternally rich.
The dark times in our lives are God’s invitation to come nearer to Him. It is during these times that we can experience God’s grace and sufficiency in ways we cannot when things are going smooth and easy. We must remember that because God loves us and desires a deep and meaningful relationship with us, therefore He allows our faith to be tested by trials. The child of God can rejoice because he knows that what he faces on this earth will soon be over. But the riches gained from endurance will last forever.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for testing my faith through trials that you allow to enter my life. Although I do not always feel thankful, I know that Your Word promises that faith is worth more than any temporary suffering on this earth. I give you permission to shine Your joy through my life, even when things don’t go my way. May my life bring honor to Your name and point others to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”