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. Trials do the same. They test and refine our faith. They examine and rid of us of things that separate us from experiencing God's grace. Circumstances, which create fear, can impart greater faith instead of creating panic. When we surrender our emotions to the Holy Spirit, fear surrenders to faith. When we remain focused on God instead of our circumstances, faith strengthens, and peace guards our thoughts.
Have you ever considered your faith as being precious? It is invaluable. Jesus shed His priceless blood so you might experience its power. When your faith remains strong through many trials, it is not only reinforced but also purified of emotions such as fear and worry. The Holy Spirit controls feelings that once tore you apart. Instead of running away, you are resilient—peacefully able to face whatever lies ahead.
Whatever you face today, allow it to fire your faith—not defeat you. You can experience His perfect peace during any storm. Not only will your faith increase, but you will also experience His love in ways you never imagined. One day when you see Him face to face, you will rejoice as never before! The years that fired your faith were worth it all!
© 2018 Lynn Lacher