The Fiery Trial
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:12-13
For the Christian, every temptation that we go through in this life is a trial. While the devil uses temptation to trip us up and get us to doubt God, God uses what the Devil meant for evil to strengthen our faith.
Perhaps there are times when we believe that we are alone in our trials, but the Word of God tells us otherwise, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you…” The phrase fiery trial in the Greek literally means “a refining fire, a burning trial.” Thus, every temptation that we face, when we overcome it, should be a refining fire; our faith should be refined (that is, strengthened) after every trial.
Lord, help us to overcome temptation through the power of thy Holy Spirit. Help us, O God, to treat every temptation as a refining fire, as a way to strengthen our faith. May we not give into the temptation, O Lord, lest our labour for You be in vain; give us strength to overcome the temptation, Lord, and take the way of escape that You have provided. Help us to be better soldiers for the Cross of Christ. In Jesus’ Name We Pray, Amen.