The Trial of Faith
Daily Devotional for May 30th
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:6-7
God’s promises are certain; they are real! As with all of God’s word, His promises cannot fail! When God makes you a promise, you can take it to the bank! It will come to pass in your life. God is not like unto man that He should lie. As a matter of fact, God cannot lie! He has promised us so many things in this life. The only thing that keeps those promises from coming to fruition in your life is one simple thing; unbelief.
Satan cannot destroy God’s promises, but he can destroy the thing that brings them to your life; and that is, our faith. There are so many things that Satan uses to attempt to tear down our faith. As a child of God, your faith is tried in the same fashion as a person tried in a court of law. Hebrews 11 says that faith is evidence. First is the confession. You make a claim that you have faith. Then the trail begins. You are not necessarily tried; it is your faith that becomes the object of scrutiny. Is there evidence of faith in your life?
In this particular verse of scripture, Peter likens the trial of faith as gold that is purified by the trial of fire. True faith and false faith are revealed in this trial by fire. If a chunk of gold is placed in a fire, it will only become purer by the trial of fire. If it is not gold, then it will perish in the fire. The same is true of our faith. If our faith is genuine, then it will only become stronger and purer with the test of fire. So many people today say they believe, but in this time of testing, they fall away. It is a sign that their faith was not real faith.
In Hebrews 6:12-15, Abraham is said to have believed God. But just because he believed did not mean that he immediately received. His faith went on trial as will ours. Do you realize that as soon as you confess to believe God for any promise He has made, your faith will be tried? This is where many of us falter in our faith. When we hear a promise of God that is needed in our life, we initially believe, but then comes the tempter the same way he came to Eve with the words; “Hath God really Said?” Then all of a sudden, Satan has talked you out of the promise and stolen it from your heart. Once your faith in God for the promise is stolen from your heart, then the promise will not come.
If you are currently trusting God to obtain a promise He has made to you; do not falter in your faith. You must realize that once your faith grabs a hold on any of God’s promises, the promise will come; but there will be a trial first. Your faith will be judged. It will be tried as by fire. But if you will trust in God’s word through everything that comes to resist you, God will bring to you the promise. God is not slack concerning His promises friend. We must realize that there will be a trial. Once you see the trial, hold on to God’s promise with all your heart. If you will, then a pure faith will stand the test. That pure faith will receive from God.