Trials of All Kinds
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-7
Key Verse: 1 Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
I hope you have time to read the “additional reading” today because it clearly speaks of God’s plan for all of us who have come to Him. Because of our faith in Jesus, we have new birth – into a living hope. In verse five, Peter writes that we are shielded by God’s power because of our faith. Then in the scripture that is printed for today’s lesson, we are reminded of the trials that come our way. These trials come to everyone who lives and breathes in this world. When we lose this world, we’ll lose our trials… both losses should be anticipated with joy!
The apostle Peter writes of “trials of all kinds.” He is right, trials come to God’s children in an endless variety. It is my opinion that it is the trials that come as a result of my own “failures” that hurt the worst. The other variety of trials, caused by people around me or circumstances out of my control, I can deal with easier. But when I realize that I brought the problems on myself, I can really beat myself up! Peter’s words describe it well: we suffer grief. This grieving caused Peter to weep bitterly and it has done the same to many of us!
The apostle found the answer in verse seven: these “failures” refine our faith, as gold is refined by fire and result in praise to God. God uses these various trials… all of them… to build our faith. Strong faith glorifies God as well as shields us by His power. I guess we can say, God doesn’t just redefine failure, He refines it into that which can brings glory and honor to Him!
Father, I am amazed at the blessings you provide for your children who put their trust in you. I want to trust you more and more. Let it be so, Lord Jesus. In His Name I pray, amen.