Thanks to Kim for this great reminder!
“who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1: 5-7
We are given ETERNITY! We are shielded by God’s Power! Wow! We have it all! But, with that, for a little while, comes grief and suffering of all kinds! Positives and Negatives together!
As the Study Bible explains verse 7, “Not only is the faith itself precious, but Peter’s words indicate that the trial of faith is also valuable.”
We see that the negatives, suffering, grief, and trials, are turned into positives when our faith is strengthened through these difficult times. Our faith is expressed through praises and thanks to Jesus in all things, including the rough spots!
Our faith is proved genuine!
Through our faith our Lord is especially seen during the difficult times!
Anyone can sing praises to our King when things are going well, the way we want them to go! But, singing praises to the Almighty One as we face joblessness, sickness, cruelty, …. is when our faith shines brighter than ever! This is when others truly SEE Jesus in us! This is when we feel (and know) the closeness of our Father the most, when He is comforting us!
Father God, Thank You for being by our side at all times!
Thank You for Your extra comforting Arms when we need them the most!
Thank You for promising us a new life and Hope!
Thank You for always looking after us!
Thank You that we can ALWAYS COUNT on You!
THANK YOU FOR BRINGING GOOD OUT OF THE BAD THAT COMES OUR WAY!
Thank You for strengthening our faith during our times of struggling!
All Praise, Honor, and Glory go to You O’ Lord!!! May our lives always point upward!