Trials of Faith
1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
There are trials of faith which we just have to go through. They are sent to help us to grow stronger in faith; to learn joy in trouble; to realize the power of peace—His peace in it all.
Thank goodness, we do not go through any trial alone. For Christ Jesus is with us, guiding, strengthening, and encouraging us; as we walk through them with Him.
There are also trials which come upon us…..which we have brought on ourselves.
Let’s face it, we often “stick our foot in our mouths” and say things which are wrong….or at the wrong time (I am guilty of this a lot….you want to help…so you jump in….where only God should be speaking.)
We speak or act in anger (and have you ever noticed how much anger is around any more?), and why?
First, that never helps…..
James 1:20 “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
Second, we lose the opportunity to say…..what really needs to be said.
Sometimes the Lord uses these trials to remind us of these things we have put off…….so they can be confessed, and taken care of….done.
And then there are “fiery trials” which come upon us because we are Christians—we belong to Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 4:14, 16 “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you; on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”
Peter knew about being ashamed of Christ….he had missed the blessing of standing with Christ in suffering…..when Jesus was taken in the garden…
He had tried to defend with a sword…thinking that was what he should do…but instead….Jesus had corrected him….”My Father’s Will….that I will do….no matter what.”
John 18:10-11 “Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear….
The said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword in the sheath: the cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?”
The sword was not the way to help Jesus, here…..Peter should have just stood with Him…..that is what Jesus wanted…
….And it is the same with us….Christ Jesus wants us to stand with Him in every trial.
And that is what He says: Stand with me, and go through these trials, with Me at your side, to show to the world that you trust Me.
That will glorify Me.
Do you remember when Jesus asked His disciples in the garden to watch with Him? (Mark 14:33-34, 37-38)
And instead they fell asleep.
He came and asked, “Could you not stay with me one hour?”
He asks us the same thing:
Stand with me in a world that does not believe in Me,…
…..and if that brings ridicule, or persecution;……still stand with Me, and I will stand with you, in peace, strength, and guidance.