Trials — Good or Bad?

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According to the Word of God we would have to agree that they are good for us.

In I Peter 1:6-7 it says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious. than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” In fact, Peter talks about trials several times in this letter: see 1 Peter 3:13-17; 1 Peter 4:12-19; and 1 Peter 5:9.

We really need to understand that these trials are definitely for our benefit. Just as the impurities in gold will rise to the top when the gold is heated so they can be skimmed off, so impurities in our life as they are burned away will prepare us to meet Christ.

The Spirit Filled Life Bible (NKJV) says, “Faith in the Person of Christ and the completed work of the Cross allows a Christian to endure rejection by the world. This rejection may even lead to death. The faith-filled Christian glorifies God and can count as a blessing to stand for his Lord. Such a stand for Christ is preceded by the denial of fleshly lust so that the Spirit is in control.”

So when we strugle with persecutions and trials rather than complaining and saying, “Why is this happening to me”, we should respond with confidence that God knows what is best for us and He will not forsake us but will lead us through the trial so we will be better off and able to serve Him as He wants us to.

He never said the Christian life would be easy, but will it be worth it — absolutely!

~DARYL JACKSON

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