TESTED FAITH

DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR VICTOR BORCHARD

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Tested Faith
By: Pastor Victor Borchard

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so 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. – 1 Peter 1:6-7


Ten days ago, was the sixteenth anniversary of an intense trial in my life. It’s easy to remember because it was the birth of our firstborn daughter. I know, sisters, your saying, “If it was rough on you, it was really rough on your wife!” So true. Short story: It was a forty-six hour labor that nearly took the life of my wife and daughter. When we go through trials like this, Peter’s words help us to make sense of them.


This one sentence, 1 Peter 1:6-7, teaches us five things about our trials. 


Our trials are…

  1. Temporary (little while).
  2. Needful (necessary).
  3. Grievous (you’ve been grieved).
  4. Diverse (various trials).
  5. Purposeful (genuine faith glorifies God).

That childbirth seemed like it lasted forever, but it was temporary. 


It seemed totally unnecessary and not at all what I wanted. But God knows better and He deemed it needful. 

He wasn’t calling me to slap on a smiling face and pretend like everything was ok. No, this trial was grievous and my wife and I were both grieved by it. Christians can grieve, too. 


There were all kinds of layers and ripple effects to that experience because our trials are diverse – there’s a wide variety of them. It’s been well said, that God has a limitless supply of problems you can’t handle and people you can’t stand, haha. They’re diverse. 


That trial of ours didn’t seem to have any immediate purpose, but it did. It tested the genuineness of our faith. We were still trusting Jesus and praising him through it and on the other side of it. 


The next time you’re going through a trial or ministering to someone who is, you might circle back around to these old words of Peter’s to get a clearer view of what on earth God is doing through this trial. Today, let’s trust Him through the trials as He tests our faith.

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