Seriously girls. This one will preach. I mean, really preach. Because life. is. hard.
You ready? If we are His, He will only allow the trials into our lives that are “necessary.” Girl, you crazy. No really. Look at what Peter says…
In this (gospel) 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.
1 Peter 1:6-7
(Be honest. Did you read or just skim that blockquote?)
I bank on this one, girls. I have to because our world throws too much blech at us. But just think, as His daughters, the enemies of God have to go through the Father to get to His sons and daughters. The enemy can’t do whatever he wants in our lives! (Remember Job?)
If we are His, then we can believe that the trial we’re walking isn’t arbitrary. It isn’t purposeless. But that doesn’t mean it won’t hurt.
Girls, some of the things that happen on this planet while we’re sojourning to our “rightful” place in Christ will grieve us. That word means “heaviness; to cause sorrow.” Some trials will feel like a weight; but they are not without purpose!
Dare I even take it a step further and suggest that the trial is a gift. I say that with a clenched jaw considering a personal trial I am currently treading through. The trial is a gift because we have to fully depend on the sufficiency of our God; and nothing in this life is sweeter than a firm faith in our Lord.
We are not at the mercy of the enemy’s schemes. The trials we face aren’t purposeless. As His daughters we will only go through that which He — the sovereign, all-knowing, lavishly-loving God — deems necessary. Nothing more. Nothing less. I’m telling you. That’ll preach.
For those doing the “Kept” study, what did you glean from this week’s look at Peter?
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