You’re being tested
“Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you.” 1Pe 4:12 NKJV
The Bible tells us: “Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (vv. 12-13 NKJV). In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases Peter’s words: “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” Times of testing feel “strange,” but they are normal and necessary! They are how you grow in grace. They are how God equips and prepares you to do great things in His kingdom. God never afflicts us, but He most assuredly tests us. And His tests measure us, reveal us, strengthen our faith, purify us, and cause us to grow spiritually. To quote the apostle Paul: “Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! So we‘re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace” (2Co 4:15-17 MSG). If you could see the blessing that’s waiting for you on the other side of this fiery trial, you’d cancel your pity party and start planning your promotion party.
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account_circle Lorraine Splear
I Love the last part of the last part of this. I am caring for my husband who is terminal. And I find my self going to a lot of pity party's. So when I read this it spoke to me that God has something bigger bland for my life. After my caring for my husband. I don't look at it as a trial but a test. I love my husband dearly. But I do think that God is watching me and testing me. On how I respond in the care of my husband. I pray that my husband will see Jesus in my voice and my touch.