Monday, April 16, 2012

Difficulties while God delays

A summary of 1 Peter 1:6-7 says, "In all of this, you greatly rejoice (be truly glad, how great this makes you feel.)  Though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trails, there is wonderful joy ahead.  The trails come so that the genuineness of your faith - of greater worth than gold, which will perish, when your faith remains strong through many trials - may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed and wraps this all up.  It’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory."

Bottom Line:
Even though you may suffer grief in all kinds of trails there is wonderful and great joy ahead (this should make you feel great.)  This is no accident - trials will happen to prove your faith, which in the end will be infinitely more valuable than gold.  As your faith remains strong this may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed and wraps things up. It’s your faith that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.



What this means for me:I need to realize that trails is God’s way of refining my faith and character. To God, how I respond to trials (with faith in him) is of utmost importance.  He will use this (my growing faith) to continue to refine me and make me ready for the really big things he may be bringing my way. As such God considers my faith more valuable than precious gold or jewels.  He will gladly display our faith in the end of evidence of his victory.  Faith and handling trails is extremely important in God’s viewpoint.  It is an opportunity to show / point others to him as a testament to him and not us as an example of how I live my life.  If people ask, I can use it to point others to him.  Adversity may not come just as trouble, it can also be from critics about what I’m trying to accomplish, especially when it’s related to building his kingdom.

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