Facing Trials: Looking Forward (Conclusion)

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 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.

At the beginning of each blog entry for this Facing Trials series, I supplied 1 Peter 1:6-7 for reference. As I conclude this series, we’re focusing on the last phrase of this passage—the “praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” As Christians, we’re so used to the fact that Jesus is coming again that we forget to realise how tremendous this is! On that glorious day, our faith will be made evident. St. Paul put it this way, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). Our faith that we think is so little especially while facing tribulation will stand out as something enormous. At this point it will have stood against all these tests and trials you’ve suffered through and it is going to minister to the “praise and honour and glory” of Jesus Christ! At this revelation, perhaps we shall finally hear our Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your Master” (Matthew 25:23).

You may be in “heaviness” right now through one or several trials and temptations and you may be weeping as you endure them. Remember, it is only “for a season,” and after you have suffered through them, they will be nothing compared to the revelation of Christ to be revealed to us. We are promised the day will come when God Himself “shall wipe away the tears from [our] eyes” (Revelation 7:17). Whether you suffer because of God’s chastisement, God preparing you for a greater task, or because of your sin or the sin of the world, draw upon the strength of God in enduring through these trials, rejoicing in the promises of God; and they will be “found to result in the praise and glory and honour at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”

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