I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. 1 Peter 1:6-7 MSG
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire —may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV
There are very few highlighted scriptures in my Bible, that I can remember the exact time frame of finding, marking and holding on for dear life to a scripture that for a season became my lifeline.
But with this scripture, I remember the exact time frame.
I remember the specific time in my marriage where it felt as if I were dodging the boulders as I watched everything come crashing down around me.
I was left broken and reeling and clinging to the truth of these God-inspired words.
While there were no quick-fix solution to the issues at hand, the words that Peter penned offered me hope, glorious hope, which saw me through not only this trial, but other trials since.
These verses made very real to me that my faith has greater worth than gold. My faith is so very valuable, but it needs to be made real, solid, to have a firm foundation. So that praise and glory and honor would result for Jesus when He was revealed.
And can I shout from the roof-tops that He was revealed?
When the storms of life come, and according to verse 6 they will, we can do one of two things. We can let it knock us down, knock us all around and we flounder being tossed to and fro. Or we can dig in our heels, we can intentionally make moment-to-moment decisions that will allow us to grow our faith, bringing Him glory.
Ladies, which will you choose? Are you ready to let your faith be proved genuine and bring Him glory and honor?
Digging in my heels,
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