February 10, 2009
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
--1 Peter 5:10
God never tells us that we won’t experience grief or sorrow in this life. There will be tears. And, to be honest, sometimes life will just suck the air right out of you.
But we must remember that trials have a purpose. Trials can fortify us. They can prove us, test us, and prepare us.
As today’s verse says, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
If you’re a Christian, you’re in a spiritual battle. Which means you have a very real enemy. And trials prepare you for this battle and make you stronger. In fact, you may be going through a spiritual boot camp of sorts, which is preparing you for the battle ahead!
Think about it this way. When gold is made, all the impurities must be removed. The same process of refining takes place in our lives before genuine gold can come forth.
Whatever you may be facing today, keep in mind that God is forming your character, bringing out the gold in you. Everything has a reason.
EVEN IN THE MIDST OF YOUR TRIALS, YOU CAN REJOICE BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT GOD IS WORKING TO BRING OUT THE GOLD IN YOU.