Thursday, October 8, 2015

Why Saved Ones Have Trials

In all the excitement of writing my 31 Days of Life Stories series, I totally forgot to post the next installment of my study on 1st Peter.  If you'd like to catch up, see Temporarily HereChosen to Be Set Apart and Living Hope.

1 Peter 1:6-9  Why Saved Ones Have Trials

  • We often don't know what is in our heart until we go through a trial. God already knows what our faith looks like but we don't. After a trial is over, we can look back and be amazed at how enduring our faith proved to be.
  • Gold is put through the fire to burn away the dross, the impurities. When we are tested in the fire, all the silly un-important things in life rise to the surface and we can see them for what they really are. We can ask Him for help to get rid of them and what is left is more precious than gold - a strong abiding faith that nothing can shake.
  • Remember, these trials are "for a little while," or as the KJV says, "for a season." It won't always be this way!
  • Also, notice the phrase, "if necessary," or "if need be." Not every person has to go through the exact same trial. God in His infinite mercy only allows what is best for you and the people around you. Some have trials. Some have to walk through grief. BUT He walks with you and there will be an end to the trial
  • Peter has seen Christ and loved Him, but you love Him having never seen Him!
  • The day we see God is the time we will have obtained the outcome of our faith that results in total salvation.

You see, even angels are curious about the salvation we believers have. We'll talk more next week.


betty said...

We do grow through our trials, even though they can be difficult at the time. I think we also have trials to show nonbelievers how we manage through them with the help of God and hopefully they will want to come to know about God seeing how we rely and trust on Him.


Denise said...

such a good post.

Jennifer Clarke said...

Your first point rings so true with me. It has been through times of intense trial that I've been freed from the bondage of sins I didn't even know I was enslaved to. Thank you for sharing about this important topic, Jerralea. I'm so glad you're part of our Grace & Truth community!