Day Four: Refined By Fire

1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

“Peter here also addresses the issues of trials and suffering. But he uses the same word that James uses for ‘testing’, but translated here as ‘proven genuineness’. Testing and trials result in a genuine faith response in our lives, which he likens to pure gold. God allows our faith to be tested through trials so that it gets hot enough to evaporate impurities. It’s gotta get hot enough, get enough pressure, enough intensity so that what is real and genuine remains, and what does not belong is brought to the surface.” (P. Nate’s message)

During trials, the impurities of our faith surface – perhaps the impurities of misplaced confidence and trust in other things. Where are we putting our trust and confidence? Is it in temporary things, rather than in the promises of God? Let’s embrace God’s work of purifying and making our faith more pure and real.

Let’s sing “Another in the Fire” (click here) by Hillsong.

Let’s pray: Father, thank you for making my faith real and genuine through this season. May my confidence and trust be in you and you alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.