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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Trials and Temptations

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.
1 PETER 1:6, 7
25th May
C. H. Spurgeon
The anvil, the fire and the hammer are the making of us.
Peter, after speaking of our heavenly inheritance, brings us back to earth again in these verses to face the reality of our present circumstances. We rejoice in our inheritance; yet while we are in the body and on the earth, there are of necessity manifold temptations and testings. Our faith is often sorely tried, and yet it is for the patient believer a precious thing. God is surely planning for us in love, for His own glory and for our good. How mysterious, very often, is the purpose and plan of God as it is wrought out in our lives. It was Luther who said, 'We cannot always trace God, but we can always trust Him.'

One of the major themes of I Peter is suffering. These New Testament believers were constantly being persecuted and harassed and their faith put to the test. God tests us, not that He may know what is in us, for He knows that already, but that we may know what it is to prove God in these trials.

These testings both prove and purify our faith. Gold is tested by the fire; it is thereby proved to be real gold, but it is also purified by fire. The furnace of affliction is necessary to prove us and to make us better Christians. We can be sure that our affliction will be found to be unto praise, honour, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.