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1 Peter 1:6-9 (NASB)
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
Hallelujah! Praise Jesus! We can all go home now because the job is done. Wait.... What was that part about being tested by fire?
We all pretty well understand this term. God trains us through our time here on earth. In order for us to be strong enough to fulfill whatever task he has designed us for, we have to be trained and then tested. Each trial gives us the strength and adequate preparation for the next. Trusting in Him, finding joy and rejoicing through it proves our faith. So, where there is fire, rejoice because there you’ll also find the greatest Blacksmith, hammering you into a battle-ready condition, finely and perfectly molding you for your purpose here. It may take many trials and it may seem they last forever but they’re only temporary. Take comfort that He loves you enough to prepare you for what’s to come. Hallelujah! Praise the Name of Jesus!
Question for discussion (or personal reflection): In what ways did God strengthen me in the past? Is He strengthening me for something currently? Discuss.
Help us to recognize when You are seasoning us in the hard times. Help us to be receptive to it early on, so we don’t cause friction in Your gifting.
We Love You,