Scripture Reading: 1 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 honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Reflections: The Apostle Peter gets our minds focused on our final salvation. This is often referred to us the rapture and is described vividly by Paul in 1 Cor 15:50-53 and 1 Thess 4:16-17. As we await this final salvation , Peter hints that we cannot avoid going through temptations or trials. These trials, as Peter indicates, shows up to test whether the faith we profess is genuine or not. He likens it to the gold fire assay process where the composition or quality of gold is determined. What this implies is that anytime we go through a trial (hardships, struggles, suffering etc), we are actually presented with an opportunity to empirically prove how genuine our faith is. Simply put, trials are allowed by God not to destroy our faith but to prove that our faith is genuine’! Keep proving how genuine your faith is until the final salvation takes place!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to see trials as opportunities to prove my loyalty to you.
Confession: I don’t compromise my faith in the midst of challenges.