“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:6-7
Time after time in our short, frail lives we come across obstacles, and difficulties, that often times make life unbearable. Our natural intuition is to blame it on sin, or the devil. Though this is true, in a sense, the Bible gives us a more in depth look at suffering, and why it is that we suffer. The verse I was meditating on today proves to me, that suffering is a part of our Christian experience.
Through trials is where we find the gems of life in Christ. Through suffering, the Bible teaches, is how we are refined as fire refines gold. It’s through those impossible obstacles that God shows up and absolutely blows our minds. This is a working theme throughout the Bible. Suffering is essential.
I could understand why people would want to attempt to escape suffering, and hope for no suffering. Suffering is lonely, because no one can feel how you feel when you feel it. Suffering is difficult because you want to be happy, laughing, and picking dandelions. Suffering doesn’t grant you that luxury. Most of all suffering makes us feel hopeless, because unlike God, we can’t see the end of it.
The verse we’re focusing on in this post affords us the hope we need in the midst of our difficult circumstances. Repeatedly we fall into our deepest ditches, failing to discern that it’s in these ditches, these troubles, these fires, that God uses to test us and sanctify us. Romans 5:3-4 says “but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,”. Be encouraged that like Job you go through all kinds of hellish ordeals, but come out better in the end, when you’ve persevered. Lastly be comforted by the Holy Spirit who keeps you blameless like it says in 1 Corinthians 1:8. God will bring you through.