Peter’s Crucible Words

Peter wrote to folks who were in a trial. In 1 Peter 1:6 he wrote of their joy in being kept by the power of God. It says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.”

Verse 7 are very familiar words that describe the inside of our crucible. It says, “That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though  it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

In 1 Peter 4:2 Peter wrote words that we can aptly identify with. It says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.”

Verse 3 says to rejoice. James wrote something similar in James 1:2. The J. B. Philips says, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!”

Trials take on a new meaning when we consider them as friends. How do you greet your friends when they are standing at your door unexpectedly? We receive them with joy and gladness.

I can tell you that when I fell into the six foot ravine (1977) ‘friends’ was not in my radar. However, once I had lived with it for a while, it did become my cherished friend. Through it, the Lord wooed me to Himself in a way that I had never experienced Him before.

We can think of our trial as a hidden treasure. We never knew it was there. Finding it now in our possession brings untold riches of grace, mercy, love, kindness, and peace. As we open the lid and look inside, the Holy Spirit will speak words of encouragement for the endurance that we will need.

Hebrews 4:14 says, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Then the writer emphasizes that Jesus knows exactly what we are going through. He already went through it for us.

Verse 16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” The Lord is right there with us in our crucible. The words He speaks to us, will become future crucible words for another during their trying times.

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