True Faith Treads All Trials

Sometimes we hit a wall—I mean a real wall, like a 30-foot wall. Have you ever felt something like this before? Some days are sunny and smooth, but other days are gloomy and rough. As followers of Christ, we all experience trials. No one enjoys them, but we all experience them. Even though they’re not enjoyable, there is encouragement to find on the other side of them.

The Apostle Peter teaches that trials prove the genuineness of our faith.

Born Again to a Living Hope
[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, [5] who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [6] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, [7] so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:3–7, ESV)

It’s true that we all will experience a hardship here or a major disappointment there. Our final salvation could seem a little shaky through some temporary turbulence. However, our victory in Christ is sure! We can have assurance of faith.

There is no trial too difficult to destroy real faith.

An authentic, saving faith cannot be destroyed by difficult circumstances. It is far stronger than any hardship you could ever imagine. Nothing in this world can outweigh it because our faith is out of this world. Faith cannot be destroyed because it is from God—it’s in his hands, not ours.

Not only did the Apostle Peter believe this, Jesus taught this too. He said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29).

What this means is that all who are adopted into God’s family will never be unadopted! It’s a done deal. No difficulty can erase this. No bully can take it away. No trial can trample it. True faith comes from God and is held by him.

Read verse five again of the previous passage from Peter—”who by God’s power are being guarded.” God is literally guarding our inheritance that awaits us in heaven. We don’t need to be worried about becoming squeaky clean then sit on a comfortable shelf ’til Jesus comes back. We don’t have to worry about facing tough times. In fact, we are told they will come. Only, we will never lose faith if we possess the kind that is from God.

Your faith will be tested to see if it’s real.

We are warned that our faith will be tested. And when our faith endures it will provide encouragement to us on the other side of them. Whatever trial you’re going through is not easy, but it will not break you! It’s testing your faith, not destroying it.

Seeing that our faith proves to be genuine can really build up! We will grieve in the middle of our trials, but on the other side, we will celebrate! It will “result in praise and glory and honor” as Peter says!

Since our faith will be tested, it would be wise at this point to examine what our faith is placed in/on. Who am I really trusting? What is leading me? What am I treasuring? Where am I headed? If we possess a true faith that comes from God, we need not worry. We are called by him, held by him, led by him, and assured by him.

Trials are not easy, but they are able to provide assurance to us by revealing if our faith is pure and genuine. Be encouraged! A true, saving faith comes from God and is kept by God. Thankfully, it’s in his hands. Because it’s in his hands I have no reason to worry. I can rest. I can have assurance. I can know that my faith can tread all trials that come my way.

 


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