The trial of our faith concerns a testing, and is referring to testing for trustworthiness. I have been with friends, family, and fellow Church members and Christians in general over the years in their time of trial. I have experienced these trials of our faith personally.
The most often asked question asked in these times is “WHY?” Job asked “Why?” 16 times. The Psalmist asked “WHY?” 24 times.
In Job 23:10, Job stated, “But He knoweth the way that I take: When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Job is not yet through the trial, but he is confident that when the trial is over, he will “come forth as gold.” The trial will make a difference in him in many ways. He also knows the trial has an end and he will be purified and more precious to God. That is encouraging. Look at these verses concerning the subject: Psalm 17:3; Psalm 66:10; Jer. 12:3; Daniel 12:9-10; and Hebrews 11:17
Finally, Look at James 1:12 which states, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (a trial), for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” 1stPeter 1:3-9 should be read and notice v7 “trial of your faith.”
There are some things we need to know about trials of our faith:
- God doesn’t allow a trial in order to break us.
- God doesn’t allow a trial in order to find out what we are made of. He knows this already.
- God does allow a trial to prove us, both to ourselves and to others, including the devil. It is not to prove us to Him.
- God does not allow a trial as an obstacle, rather it is full of opportunity. Let me name some of them:
- It is an opportunity to show others the faithfulness of God.
- It is an opportunity to experience the Amazing Grace of God.
- It is an opportunity to know the closeness of God that can only be
known in a trial of our faith.
- It can only be experienced by those who have been saved by Grace through Faith. The lost do not experience the “trial of your faith.”
- Most importantly, the trial of our faith is not a measure of how much God loves us, rather, it is a measure of how much we love Him. James 1:12
- The fiery trial is not designed to punish us…it is to prove and purify us.
- The fiery Doesn’t separate us from the love of God. It brings us closer to Him and separates us from the things that are between us.
Please read 1 Peter 4:12-13 and be encouraged Christian. God has something good planned in “the trial of your faith.”