Have you ever wondered why our faith is tested, tried, and put through the fire? Come on, I know how it feels to have your faith tried and tested so much you feel like you can’t take anymore. But, you know what. I don’t know how it happened, but my faith in God is deeper than I ever remember it being.
Today, I have absolutely no doubt that not only can God do things for me, but He will. Not only can God do things through me, but He will. I have an unwavering belief in God’s Word in the fact that I believe that every last word in the Bible is truth, and that none of it is a mistake or unbelievable.
Let’s take a verse by verse look at today’s scriptures in the Amplified version. Verse 6: :[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations,”
Until I read this verse in the Amplified I had no word to describe how it feels to have your faith tested…distressed. It is distressing to have your faith tested over and over again. However, the answer to the question of why our faith has to be tested so much, so hard, and so often…is found in verse 7.
So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.
Wow. There’s a mouthful here, but why in the world is faith so important? Because faith accesses everything in the Kingdom of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. We receive salvation by grace through faith, and then we grow up in God from faith to faith.
In James we find that the testing of our faith produces patience, and that sets off a chain reaction of things that we grow in. (James 1:2-8).
Everything we receive in the Kingdom of God is received by faith. So, that’s why it’s tested, tried, and refined so much. The more our faith is tested…the more we find that the reason it’s tested so much is so that we learn to be fully dependent upon God…and also so that we gain the trust, confidence, and belief that God is always for us and never against us.
Faith gives us hope. The whole goal of discovering hope through faith is coming to realize that the reason we have hope in things like the Lord’s return is because we believe by faith that one day…a trumpet will sound…and the living and dead in Christ will be taken in the rapture.
When we believe in our hearts, and confess with our mouth Jesus has become our Lord and Savior…we are professing our faith that what Jesus did on the Cross is sufficient to fully reconcile us to God.
By faith we believe that right now Jesus is preparing heaven for us, and that when we leave this world we will go to be with Him.
There isn’t anything in the Christian life that isn’t either accessed, or entered into with out faith. So, that’s why faith is more valuable than gold, silver, or earthly treasures that can perish.
I know that in my own life I now praise, honor, and glorify Jesus because the more my faith is tested the stronger my faith in Him becomes. The more it’s tested…the more I trust God to meet every single need, want, desire, or whatever. The more my faith is tested…the more I have…and the more I grow…because the more I believe God for…the more I submit to His authority…and the more I submit…the less stressful my life gets…because I hand everything to Him by faith knowing that He is in control…and whatever comes my way…He will help me through it.
My faith is authentic, genuine, and definitely more precious to me than anything I possess. I know that the trials and testing aren’t fun. I know that those times are distressing, and even grievous…but it’s all necessary.
I know it’s hard to believe it’s necessary while your going through the fire, but when you come out of it without even the scent of smoke…that’s when you realize your even more refined.
The trying of your faith produces…more faith. And…the more faith we have…the more possible it is to please God.
We love you…and want you to know that you ARE extremely valuable to God. How valuable? He gave His Son so He could be reconciled to you through Him.
Blessings & Grace to you.
Bryan J. Kizer