The Trial of Your Faith

I Peter 1:6-7.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

I met a woman yesterday whose family came to America to escape almost certain death at the hands of those who hated their religion, and systematically killed whole families and then moved into their houses and lands. She said, “I grew up in terror. When we came to America, it was hard to get used to not being threatened and harassed. It is heartbreaking to see the same evil developing here in this, the last place in the world to which people thought they could come to be safe.” She went on to say, with a completely puzzled expression on her face, “The irony is that the threats are coming from the government!”

Christians, in Peter’s day, were living that same experience. They were being tested, and the trials would escalate.

In verse 6, the wherein refers back to vv. 4-5. They were to rejoice in their incorruptible inheritance, and not focus on the immediate trials. Peter said that even if their faith were to be tested by fire, it was to be seen as praise, honor, and glory unto Jesus Christ and His appearing.

Americans, by and large, are unfamiliar with serious persecution. Our faith hasn’t been challenged by horrible oppression. Not yet. I fear that our strength and courage may be found wanting in the event of such persecution. We have become comfortable in our safety, never thinking it could come to a sudden and catastrophic end.

“God bless America!” we say and sing, while our hands drip with the blood of murdered unborn children. While we kick God out of the public square, the schools, and even Christmas displays, we still expect Him to protect and shelter us in spite of our rejection of Him.

That’s just not the way it works.

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