Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Peter 1:3-12 Be Hopeful in Trials

on October 22, 2013

(Our women’s Bible study is finishing up Ruth tomorrow night, hence the length of time between posts on here.  We will actually be starting a study through 1 Peter on Nov. 6, if the Lord wills.)

As written in the introduction to 1 Peter, Peter was no stranger to persecution and trials.  Yet, he had found a hope to which to cling and an inexpressible joy in their midst.  This is what he writes to the scattered believers who are experiencing trials.

In verse 6, we can see four truths about trials.

  1. Trials last a “little while.”  Though they may seem like a lifetime, eternity is longer.  Those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, will have an eternity of joy in His presence.  What we face on this earth is temporary and short by comparison.
  2. We only experience trials “if necessary.”  God is in control of the trials that come into and go out of our lives.  He has a purpose for each one that He knows and sees.  He does not put us through unnecessary trials.  However, in our foolishness, we can sometimes put ourselves through unnecessary trials.  And our powerful God, can use those too!
  3. Trials cause grief–anguish, pain, distress, sorrow.  Only God–His mercy, power and promises–and our future hope and inheritance can give us joy in the midst of trials.  He never leaves us hopeless even in grief.
  4. Trials are various.  Because God knows us intimately and personally, the trials that He allows into our lives are suited to us for a specific purpose.  We will each experience different trials in our lives, but we will all experience trials.  Trials, though various, are unifying.  They give us the ability to empathize with each other and share our hope with one another.

The main purpose of trials is to test the genuineness our faith.  Every good teacher gives tests!  Their job is to prepare the students for the test.  God is a good Teacher!  He gives us all we need to know ahead of time to draw from during the testing of our faith.  He determines how long the tests will be and when they will come.  At the end of the test, we don’t just receive a shiny “Great job!” sticker; we have the promise of seeing Jesus face-to-face.  All the tests in the world will be worth that moment when Jesus says, “Well done!”


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