1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV 2011
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trouble. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Peter’s letter revealed the good, the bad and the ugly God’s people could expect. Peter and Paul consistently pointed to God’s amazing grace. Romans 5:2, “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” God’s Word revealed there would be trials. James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” God uses trials for His glory. Psalm 66:10, “For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.” God continually refines His faithful.
As a young believer I thought when I was going through a trial I was being punished for something I’d done. What I’ve learned over the years is those trials happen to help us grow in our faith. This is a daily step-by-step process that drives me to God’s Word and to my knees. I’m imperfect and will always be imperfect. God sees what is inside my heart and uses that to shape my life. I need to be willing to change. God is continually refining me.
What refining work is He doing today?
Designed and refined together,