Fiery Trials

1 Peter 4:12: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.”

In the context of this verse Paul is talking about the Christian’s service to God and to others and the persecution that might arise as a result of that. At that time the Romans were being hostile toward Christians partially because of the scribes, Pharisees, and chief priests of the Jews. However Christians face many fiery trials as we live in this troubled world. We should not think it strange when fiery trials come our way. They are a part of life and they happen to everyone, not just to us.

The trying of our faith: “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith produces patience” (James 1:3). There are many things that happen in our life that put our faith to the test. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, and be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). The trying of our faith will produce patience which is one of the virtues we are to add to our faith.

The trying of our patience: As with faith there are many things in this world that try our patience. “Tribulation produces patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope” (Romans 5:3-4). We must draw upon the strength of the Holy Spirit within to keep our patience in those times of great trial.

These fiery trials will put our knowledge, temperance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love to the test as well. We will be tried in every way. We must therefore walk by faith and not by sight. We must walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

Spiritual Warfare: All these things are a part of our spiritual warfare (See Ephesians 6:10-18). They are fiery darts shot at us by the wicked. We must be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. We must put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand in the evil day. We must be filled with the Spirit. We must stand firm in our salvation and hold forth the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. We must be always in an attitude of prayer; going through each day with the awareness of God’s presence.

Remember: In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37), and nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39). Amen!