Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 (ESV)
Do you find yourself surprised when our faith seems to be tested?
Really, are you ever surprised?
I am and I’m guessing you are, too.
But stop and think about something: Jesus allows trials to refine us.
To make us stronger. Finer. More solid.
Doesn’t that sound like a positive outcome?
Let’s flip it to the other side. The dark side.
Does the devil want to cancel you?
100%. If he can cancel you, you’re done. Finished. Don’t matter no more.
If the devil can succeed at tempting you to give up, he wins.
If you pass the test of faith from God, you win. And so does God.
Either way, it really doesn’t matter why you are entering a trial of whatever it is.
Matters how you come out on the other side.
Take God’s wisdom, love, grace, and mercy with you on the way.
Your maturing will enable you to face the next test with some of the answers.
After all, you’ll have one more detail of your life under your belt. A detail God orchestrated in your life.
Expect trials and tests. You’ve got the answers, so sit down and pass. With God’s help you will faithfully pass each time.