Tested by Fire

1 Peter 1:1-9: Do you ever want to ask God “Why is this happening?” When hard times and trials set in you can feel overwhelmed and want to question God as to why or even what are you supposed to be learning through this trial. Take heart my friend. You are experiencing what every true child of God experiences. It is the testing of your faith. The purpose is to prove the validity of what you say you believe.
1 Peter 1 puts it like this: “6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
So if you are feeling the fire of the testing of your faith, don’t get discouraged. Hold on to the steadfast hope that you have in Jesus knowing that this testing is a part of revealing the character of Christ in you. Stand firm. Hold fast to what you know. Don’t allow your feelings to crowd out what you know to be the truth you have found in God’s word. Your testing may also be being used as an example to bring many others to faith in Christ. One day, and I am hoping it won’t be long, our Savior will return and when He does may He find each of us faithfully staying the course and bringing as many as we can into the family of faith.