The Trial of Faith

Apr 1, 2024

1 Peter 1:6-7 - “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:”

The book of 1st Peter is an important piece of writing for believers, as it emphasizes the significance of enduring unjust suffering while still striving to lead a virtuous life (1 Peter 2:20). It can be considered as the Job of the New Testament, in that it motivates genuine followers of Jesus to persist in the path laid out by Him. Through its teachings, 1st Peter encourages believers to remain steadfast in their faith, even in the face of adversity, and to live a life that honors God.

Peter urged the believers to display an unwavering endurance, which resembles the perseverance of Job - a man who, despite being righteous, suffered greatly. Peter emphasized that this kind of steadfastness is what God expects from His people, and it is a trait that should be nurtured and upheld by all believers.

Peter had the privilege of living near Jesus Christ for more than three years, and during that time, he witnessed the most excellent example of how to live a holy life in a hostile world. Jesus was a perfect role model, and his lifestyle provided a blueprint for others to follow.

In his teachings, Peter always directed his readers' attention to Jesus himself. He urged Christians to sanctify Christ as Lord in their hearts so they could live and act in a way that aligns with Jesus' wishes during their brief time on earth. This includes submitting to authority, even when it is unjust, whether in the government, at home, or in the workplace.

The experience of suffering can be overwhelming for many of us, causing us to feel defeated and powerless. The mere thought of enduring another pain or trial can be paralyzing. However, some face their suffering with unwavering courage and resilience, rising to the occasion despite the challenges. Most of us, however, might find ourselves somewhere in between, grappling with the complexities of pain and endurance. In such times, Peter's encouragement reminds us to persevere in faith. It is not enough for us to go through the motions of each day, nor is it wise to pretend that our troubles do not exist. Instead, we must find the strength to face our struggles head-on, holding onto our faith and trusting that we will emerge more robust and resilient on the other side.

In life, we must learn to push through the tough times, knowing they are only temporary. As we walk in holiness and hope, let us remember that it is during the darkest moments that our light shines the brightest. So, let us press on and keep shining our light for the world to see.

Our Prayer for today:

Dear Father, our hearts are filled with the desire to serve you faithfully, even while suffering. We recognize that Your Son, Jesus, also endured great suffering to complete His work, and we ask that You teach us to accept the reality of suffering in our own lives. Help us to understand that in our suffering, we can identify more deeply with our Savior and His sacrifice. We accept the ministry of suffering as an opportunity to experience Your power and extraordinary grace in a profound way. We ask all of this in the name of Jesus, Amen.