A single of the most unpleasant components of our Christian journey is the tremendous amounts of tests and trials that we have to endure. In the above word, there is a cry of a man who endured a tremendous testing, in all probability at a degree extra than what we would ever practical experience or have an understanding of. The strategies of God mandate that a believer need to betested and attempted. Faith that is untried and untested can’t be rewarded or recognized. Also, in the procedure of testing, the believer is produced conscious of his personal weaknesses and, by the grace of God, he can function out his weaknesses to assure good results in the later trials of his life. The Lord also mandates that a believer need to pass the tests that he has failed – so we are also conscious that the situations that tested us to failure may well seem once more, and if we are diligent in the tests, we will succeed in them certainly.
This practical experience is what tends to make the apostles create so soberly about the testing of mankind. 1 Pet 1:six-7 comfort us in our a variety of tests.
Wherein ye considerably rejoice, though now for a season, if have to have be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, getting significantly more valuable than of gold that perisheth, although it be attempted with fire, may be discovered unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
The Lord sees our hearts which are in heaviness by means of ‘manifold’ temptations. Through this weary period, the Lord reminds us to hold on sturdy, for in His sight, this trial is quite valuable and this is actual Gold in His sight. The Church of Laodiceans are exhorted to invest in the ‘tested’ faith of Gold from the Lord (Rev three:18) for this tends to make a Christian ‘Rich’ spiritually. This is why James writes the cryptic statement to rejoice in trials. James 1:two-three.
Don’t forget dear saint of God – the promises of God are right here to comfort us and to stand by us in our journey of Faith. 1 Peter four:10 talks of the ‘manifold’ grace of God (Gk: ποικίλος). The quite similar word is employed to describe the‘manifold’ trials that we face in 1 Pet 1:six. The literal which means of the word is ‘Many colors or hues’. This signifies that for every single colour of temptation or trial that we face, God provides to us the quite similar colour of grace that is required to overcome that trial. How good is our God! 1 cor 10:13 remind us that we will NOT be tested beyond our capability and along with every single test, he will make a way of escape!
If you are in a season of continuous testing or trial or temptation, dear saint of God, the Lord has not passed you by! He is continually monitoring your test and your response to it. He will NOT let the test to be extra than what you can bear. He will give you the correct measure and flavor of grace to overcome. In truth, He has faith IN YOU that you will overcome. You will emerge from the faith finer and extra valuable than just before. The good results of this trial signifies an eternal reward for you. Take courage ! God bless.
PS: In the days ahead, I hope to create on subjects of the a variety of trials of faith – like delays, possibilities we make, divine silence, suffering, tricky way, creating good demands, illogical counsels from God and so forth.