Tested Faith Is More Precious Than Gold

December 19

“In this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while, if need be,
you have been grieved by various trials,
THAT the GENUINENESS of your faith,
being much more precious than gold that perishes,
though it is tested by fire,
may be found to praise, honor, and glory
at the revelation of Jesus Christ…”
1 Peter 1:6-7

Nothing is real that has not been tested. You may say that you have faith, but unless you are tested in a difficult circumstance, your faith remains words only.

You may say you love unconditionally as the Lord desires us to do, but unless there has been someone in your life difficult to love, professing to love remains words only.

The Lord counts a tested faith so valuable that it exceeds that of gold. Every believer is going to be called upon to demonstrate his faith in trials that seem SO grievous. The more severe the trial, the more valuable the result.

Salvation is a free gift. But the rewards of heaven are earned. It is in “being grieved by various trials” that the genuineness of what we profess is tested. And when we pass those tests, though we seem to be tested by fire so hot we can nearly fail, yet through the grace of God which he gives in all tests, the result will be much praise and honor and glory when finally we stand before him. Then …it will be worth it all.

Keep your eyes on the prize. It’s eternal.