It’s no strange thing
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 1 Peter 4:12
Trials! It is what life is made of. Everyone goes through them, some handle trials better than others. A trial can be little, or it can be big, but no matter what the size, when you are in the middle of it, it looks impossible. Trials can come in all forms, but mostly they are disappointments, setbacks and discouraging reports. Simply put, trails are a test. A test of your faith, endurance and your trust in God and His Word.
This scripture in 1 Peter is talking about fiery trial and in the case of who this message was sent to, they were being severely persecuted for the faith. Many of them to the point of death. Peter tells them not to think it is a strange thing to face trials as though something odd or unusual has happened. He makes it sound like they should go ahead and plan on trials being a part of life. Not only that, Peter tells them that they should rejoice because they are going through exactly what Jesus did. He says that God’s glory is revealed in their ability to be glad and rejoice in that trial.
Now, we have never faced anything like they were facing back in Peter’s day and probably never will, but we can expect the trials, test and setbacks in life to come. Don’t be surprised, be prepared. The first thing to recognize is that we are in the world and Jesus said because of that, we are going to go through things, but he finished that statement by saying we are to be of good cheer or rejoice because he has overcome them all for us and made us more than conquerors (John 16:33, Romans 8:37). He has already gotten the victory for us! Glory to God! Next, accept that live is never going to be perfect. As much as we try to control our outward circumstances, things will never be perfect in this life. We live in a fallen world and we cannot ever make it flawless, no matter what we do. Lastly, when trials do come, press into your relationship with God. Make it a priority to seek and pursue Him. Then be willing to follow any direction He gives as He guides you through the test to the desired end. Be thankful and rejoice that He is with you – comforting you, leading you and holding your hand all the way!
Today I want to encourage you to make a plan to rejoice in your trials. Don’t be surprised when they come, get excited! There is great victory on the other side. It’s like when you were in school and had a test day, if you studied and prepared ahead of time, you did well. If you didn’t, not so well. Why not study God’s Word and go ahead and plan on passing all the tests of life. Then you can go on to tutor others that are going through the tests you have already passed!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 4:12-19