Read 1 Peter 1:1-12
Trials. If there was one aspect of the will of God for us that we would eliminate, it would be this one. Trials seem to interrupt our nicely packaged and well planned lives. They create tension and anxiety. Our imagined life without them seems to have a certain appeal.
But, in our tendency to blow our trials out of proportion, have we lost track of some of the realities about them? Let’s pause and remind ourselves:
- Trials are brief (v. 6). Peter describes them as lasting “for a little while.” Although it may feel like it, most people are not in a continuous state of trials. And even Paul reminds us that our present trials are but “momentary light afflictions” when compared to the “eternal weight of glory” that awaits us (2 Cor. 4:17).
- Trials are required. Sorry, life without them just won’t happen. They are an outcome of Adam’s sin in Eden, but they are also part of the plan of God.
- Trials have purpose (v. 7; Js. 1:2-4). Your heavenly Father uses trials to develop deeper trust and greater character. Without them, would you find yourself turning to and depending on Him as much? Without them, would you have learned many of life’s valuable lessons? Without them, would you have experienced some of the life change that you have? More opportunities like that await.
- Trials come in various forms (v. 6; Js. 1:2). They are as variegated as Joseph’s Old Testament coat. They vary in intensity and type. Some seem minor; while others seem all-consuming. Some touch us with respect to health; while others hit us financially or relationally. We must be ready for any and all.
- Trials have their expiration date (v. 9; Rev. 22). I am glad for this one. When our faith becomes sight, trials will give way to glory. Sickness, pain, suffering, and anxiety will one day be engulfed in a salvation that is tangible and comprehensive, addressing not only our eternal destiny but also redeeming us from the outcome of sin and all of its tentacles.