|Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM|
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 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: 1 Peter 1:3-7
We all could share with one another the various difficulties this life has thrown at us. For many, it has been physical ailments,emotional ailments, relational struggles, persecution, spiritual warfare, and the list goes on. Thus, Peter just calls them various trials. We wrestle with these trials, question much, struggle with our faith, and at the same time to trust God. Through our struggles there are many voices that come our way to attempt to give us a reason for what we are facing and what we need to do to overcome them. Remember Job’s friends and the “help” they gave him. Those voices are still around today. Some professed Christian pastors erroneously want to argue that God is not omnipotent (Almighty God) and therefore cannot control all the trials we face. If this were true, how could Romans 8:28 be true? If God is not in control of our trials how could He work together allthings for our good? Praise be to God that He is sovereign and that there is purpose in our trials. We can trust our Almighty God amidst whatever life circumstances brings our way because God is God of our circumstances but also because He promises to use our circumstances for our good and His glory.
Consider how the passage above starts, with praise to God for causing us to be born again and the hope that we have in the resurrection of Jesus Christ kept in heaven for us. Then, Peter well aware of various trials says that this truth of our salvation in Christ causes us to rejoice, even amidst these trials. Not only does Peter say we have this reason to rejoice through our trials, but he gives us another. God uses the trials to test the genuineness of our faith. This is a great blessing and an assurance to the believer that the faith that they have is not counterfeit faith. What rejoicing we trial laden believers can have, God caused us to be born again and allows trials to assure us that we truly have been redeemed by Him. But there is more! A genuine faith endures through the fire and this brings glory and honor to Jesus Christ. Knowing our persevering through various trials brings glory to our Lord and Savior is yet another reason we can rejoice through our suffering.
Very few voices come our way encouraging us to rejoice as we are grieved by these trials. Very few voices tell us that our faith is being tested to reveal its genuineness that it may give praise and glory to Jesus Christ upon His return. Therefore, suffering saint, God has come to you and says, for these reasons you can rejoice today.