Precious Trials

1 Peter 1:6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 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:

Trials, for the most part, are things we endure. We do not ask for them, they just come. When they do, we strap in and strike a path through them.

Those two words, ‘precious’ and ‘trials’ joined together, seem more an oxymoron than a proper descriptor. Yet, God tells us through his mouthpiece, Peter, that the trying of our faith is more precious than gold. 

Had we known what our trial was going to be, would we have stood in line to sign up, or readily accepted it?

Peter tells us when we are in ‘heaviness’ and ‘manifold temptations’ that this season will become precious. 

Often, when a trial comes our way, we see it through the filter of our strength, wisdom, and ability to see our way through. It is when we are presented with a situation or circumstance that stops us from beginning to fear. 

Faith in God will bring us to trust His word in those times. We find many promises that will guide us through many a storm. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

This one verse has been a comfort through many a trial that has tried every child of God. It tells me that my test, my situation, my circumstance is not unique. Others have faced similar and have succeeded. That is genuinely comforting.

It speaks of God’s faithfulness. 

Most importantly, it tells me that I will not go through any trial that God and I cannot handle. If there comes a time when it seems too much to bear, He makes way for me to escape. 

Learning to call a trial ‘precious’ only comes when we are on the other side. We can then see the path we took, Who walked with us, and just how we got the victory. 

In these times we must gather evidence that proves God’s faithfulness, His love and care for us, and our ability to face whatever God brings our way. 

Job is a great example.

He had reached the end of his rope. He knew he needed God and searched everywhere.

Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!”

One might think that despair was waiting to overwhelm and overcome. It was then that Job’s faith kicked into gear.

Job 23:8-10 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

He could say such a thing from the evidence he had gathered previously. God had been faithful in the past, He will be faithful now. Though he could not see his way through this trial, Job trusted God for the outcome.

Though it is much quoted, the truth of these two verses remains powerful.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

The one element in our control is our faith.

If we forsake it, fear, doubt, worry, and a multitude of other emotions come to make their home in us. It will become a stronghold (a belief system based upon a lie) in our life. Our perspective, when a trial comes, can be altered in so many ways.

We must remember that it is only for a season. We are not alone. God has made provision for us to make it through to the other end of this present trial and will be there when the next one comes.

Once we are on the other side, we can look back and say with Peter that our trial was precious.

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