Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. -Seneca, Roman Philosopher-
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. -Chinese Proverb-
I Peter 1: 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 honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
From the moment you become a Christian, God starts you on a process of refinement and purification. He wants you to be a holy and pure vessel that He can work through.
It is easy to have faith when everything is going good and nobody is coming against you in any area, but it is only through trials that you grow. You find that you are not nearly as much in control of things as you thought you were. In fact, you realize that you were never in control of the big things, and don’t have nearly the power you thought you had.
The Bible gives a great word picture when it talks about our faith being tried with fire. Gold must be put through the fire to burn off all its impurities. In the end, all that is left is the pure stuff. The Bible says that gold will eventually perish, but what we have achieved by true faith will never perish. It is Gods plan to help you achieve things that will last into eternity.
We all want to be the pure gold, but we don’t want to go through the process of refinement to get to that point. There is no perfection without refinement.
God looks down on each of His Children as a beautiful jewel in-the-rough. He knows everything that must be done to mold you into the person He wants you to be, and can see your whole life in one instant.
We think of trials as His way of punishing us for something we have done wrong. God doesn’t look at it that way, though sometimes He does have to use punishment to keep us from going astray, just as we would our own children. His main objective, though, is to get anything out of the way that will keep us from receiving His Best. He has an awesome love for each of His Children.
No person looks forward to trials, but if you can look at it the way God does, it won’t seem like you are just being punished. You can have the hope that you will come out much stronger when everything is finished; then you can look back and see how much you have changed for the better.
Most of us would rather get in some kind of comfort zone and stay there, even if it is not a good place. We get used to something and want to keep doing it. It is not easy to have a positive outlook when you are going through trials, but you must choose to make yourself look at things differently.
The next time you are going through a trial, do the following:
- Ask God to convict you of any sin in your life and truly repent
- Choose to believe that He will work everything out for your best
- Look at things from the viewpoint that God is just clearing out all the garbage so you can become a stronger Christian
- Have the hope that this won’t last forever and you will get through it with His help
- Know that God always has your best interest at heart and wants to give you His Greatest Blessings
by Cathy Deaton