These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
—1 Peter 1:7 (NLT)
Fire tests and purifies gold. It cleanses what is not pure. Trials do the same. They test and purify our faith. They examine and rid of us of things that separate us from experiencing God’s grace. Circumstances that create fear are meant to impart greater faith—not create greater panic. When we surrender the emotions that rage, fear surrenders to faith. When we remain focused on God instead of our circumstances, faith is strengthened, and peace guards our thoughts.
Have you ever considered your faith as being precious? It is precious. Jesus shed His priceless blood so you might receive it and experience its power. When your faith remains strong through many trials, it is not only strengthened, but is also purified of emotions such as fear and anxiety. The emotions that tear you apart are brought under the control of the Holy Spirit. Instead of running away, you stand strong to face whatever lies ahead.
Whatever you face today, allow it to fire your faith—not defeat you. You can experience His perfect peace in the midst of the storm. Not only will your faith be strengthened, but you will also experience His love in ways that you never imagined. And one day when you see Him face to face, you will realize just how much your faith was worth.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher