This theme is this – when you are tested, when there are trials and troubles, when there are worries, rejoice! Be happy! Be excited!
Don’t let the trials and troubles you face get you down. In fact, the more trials you face, the more excited you should be!
Israel was tested. Jesus was tested. Paul was tested. We see Peter reference that testing today.
Listen to what Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:6-7:
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 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.
Why? Why should we be happy about testing? Why should we rejoice in trials?
Two reasons. First, something better is coming. This world is not the end. This life is not the end. This trial is not the end.
There are times in our lives when we are going through a trial and we think that this time of testing will be end of it all. But you know what happens? It’s not. We survive. We move on. We keep going.
These times of trial are not the end. And in fact, something better is coming. Something more life giving is coming. This is not the end.
And we rejoice secondly because these times of testing, they are just that. A test. They will make us better. They will make us stronger. They will make us more faithful.
And they make us cling to Jesus. They make us hold fast to what matters most. They make us hold on to what matters.
These trials won’t last forever. But Jesus will. Life in God will. That will last for all of eternity. So, today, if you are going through a tough time, hold fast to what matters most. Hold onto life. Hold onto faith. Hold onto what is most important.
Today, rejoice in your trials. And know that something better is coming. And let this time draw you closer to God.