Facing Trials and Finding Hope

Facing Trials and Finding Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that does not fade away, kept in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now, if for a little while, you have had to suffer various trials, in order that the genuineness of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tried by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom, having not seen, you love; and in whom, though you do not see Him now, you believe and you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, receiving as the result of your faith the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:3-9, Modern English Version).

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We see that there is a purpose for the trials we endure. They are for the sake of our faith which is more precious than gold which perishes when tested by fire. Our faith which is genuine will not perish but will be preserved in and through the trials. True faith will emerge from the fire/trials intact.

This is true faith–believing in Jesus Christ although we cannot physically see Him now. We rejoice in Him and the result of our faith is the salvation which comes only through Him. One day, we will see Him face to face. The trials will be behind us and the joy of spending eternity with our Lord and Savior is before us.

Another reason for rejoicing in the midst of trials is the fact that our heavenly Father in His abundant mercy has made it possible for us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us (verses 1-3, English Standard Version).

So, when the trials come, instead of becoming discouraged, we face them, knowing that we are not alone. Our heavenly Father is right there with us and we have Jesus as our example and the Holy Spirit to remind us of that we have an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for us (verse 4, New King James Version).