A Sermon on 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. (ESV)
No one escapes life's trials, tribulations, or depression. The heaviness and darkness of life can surround us and leave us feeling without hope. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from 1 Peter 1:6-7, it is natural for Christians to feel grieved and sorrowed. But why do trials and tribulations happen to Christians? What is God accomplishing by allowing difficult circumstances into our lives? Each situation is designed by God to refine the precious character of our faith. Just as gold is refined by the fire to remove impurities, our faith must be refined to remove the impurities of sin. Lloyd-Jones proclaims the words of Peter, that trials are essential in order to show the genuineness of our faith, to prove that we, by God's power, can withstand the test. There is no need to despair! We are able to endure such times because the Lord loves us and we can trust Him. These trials are only for a season and we understand that the Lord is faithful to us in all circumstances. The day of revelation is coming, and those who have been refined and are proven faithful will be delivered on that day. The Lord will present those who have been refined faultless.