God did not promise us a trouble-free life as a believer and follower of the Lord Jesus. In fact, He told His disciples that in this life they would have trouble, that is, persecution and suffering (John 16:33). It was intense persecution that led to to the dispersion of the early believers in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Being believers of the Lord today, it shouldn’t surprise us when we face troubles.

1 Peter 1:7 (New Living translation) says it this way: “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purified gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.”

There is a testing of our faith that is equivalent to gold being purified. Great heat is applied to gold to remove all impurities so that what remains is totally pure. God allows our faith to go through fire in order to show that it is truly genuine. Obviously the heat of testing can be quite uncomfortable. Nevertheless, it is necessary. Therefore, we shouldn’t be too quick to ask God to remove trials from our lives. They may be just the ones we need to strengthen our faith.

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