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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” --1 Peter 1:7
He sat by the fire of seven-fold heat,
As He watched by the precious ore,
And closer He bent with a searching gaze
As He heated it more and more.
He knew He had ore that could stand the test
And He wanted the finest gold,
To mold as a crown for the King to wear,
Set with gems of price untold.
So He laid our gold in the burning fire,
Though we fain would have said Him, "Nay."
And He watched the dross that we had not seen,
As it melted and passed away.
And the gold grew brighter, and yet more bright
And our eyes were so dim with tears,
As we saw the fire, not the Master's hand,
And questioned with anxious fear.
Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow,
As it mirrored a Form above
That bent o'er the fire, though unseen by us
With a look of infinite love.
Can we think that it pleases His loving heart
To cause a moment of pain?
Ah, no, but He saw through the present cross
The bliss of eternal gain.
So He waited there with a watchful eye,
With a love that is strong and sure,
And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat
Than was needed to make it pure!
No trial has ever come into your life without God knowing about it. You have never faced a trial from God that was only about you. In fact, your trials are His trials. They are not for your good, but His good. They are not for your glory, but for His glory. They are not for your greatness, but for His greatness. When you are suffering, God is at work. What you perceive is an evil, God sees as good. The good you find in your trial will be in the glory you give God through it. The victory you will receive in your trial will be when you use it to help someone else.
“You will have no test of faith that will not fit you to be a blessing if you are obedient to the Lord. I never had a trial but when I got out of the deep river, I found some poor pilgrim on the bank that I was able to help by that very experience." (A. B. Simpson)
If your trial does not bring you into obedience to God, you will be filled with anger, malice, and bitterness. Let your trials be treasured trials!