1 Peter 1:6b-7 – “For a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine.”
Have you ever watched a trial on TV or in the courtroom? If you have, you may have seen one of the attorneys in the matter ‘object’ to something the other side was doing. In some cases, you’ll hear them say, “Asked and answered, your Honor”.
The headline of today’s post asks a question that each of us must at some point deal with. The passage from Peter answers the question.
Today, let’s talk about grief, trials, and suffering. If it’s not in your life now, chances are that these have recently left you or are just a short time from arriving.
While we tend to focus on the trial itself, God is focused on much more. He’s working out his plan for our lives and part of that is to deepen our faith that he is who he says he is.
I tell you this because I’m now, and have been for a time in a period of trials. I’ve suffered some sleepless nights. I’ve had my share of physical pain. As one day led to the next, though, I find my faith is greater today than it was yesterday.
Sometimes we must also share in the trials and grief of those close to us. As I write, someone close to me is suffering her own trials. Her body has been sick for awhile and it seems that time is catching up with her. For both members of her family and her friends, we all must suffer as this process unfolds.
But there is a bright side. There always is with God. He’s asking me again today to believe and to have faith that he is in control. Our faith to him is more valuable than gold.
If you’re going through trials – if you’re suffering in any way, please do the one thing that may seem to be counter-intuitive. Rejoice. And in faith know that the Lord has a plan for us. It’s a good plan. Even if we can’t see it, or project that what we’ll get from this isn’t what we wanted, rejoice, anyway.