Over the past several weeks we have been in prayer for a missionary friends who has battled for his life. There are so many spiritual elements in the equation and the prayers of the saints have truly carried on a spiritual war. So much is at stake. It’s the life of a missionary. It’s a closed country. It’s the lives of believers in closed areas. It’s the call to reach the unreached.
We don’t like tests. We don’t like fire. But tests are what we get in life. We almost seem to demand easy roads, but never… never… is an easy road promised in Scripture. Leave that to some preacher somewhere… but make no mistake… testing is promised.
If we don’t want tests we simply do not want true faith. We don’t want the Kingdom. We don’t want a fire testing the basis of our belief and it may be because the basis of that belief is so faulty it will go up in smoke at the first spark.
The faith of Christ is real and it stands the fire. The faith we have in Christ is precious and no test will ever take it out.
God help us walk in true faith.
6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pet. 1:6-9)