1 Peter 1 :3-7
Do you remember your middle school history classes and the fascinating story of the California Gold Rush? I don’t. So here is a recap.
In 1848 gold nuggets were discovered in the Sacramento Valley and thousands of gold-miners rushed over by sea or land to San Francisco to find their “treasure”. By the end of 1849 the population was over 100,000 compared to 1,000 and they found 2 billion dollars’ worth of gold.
Pure gold is indestructible, it will not corrode, rust or tarnish and cannot be destroyed by fire. This gold must be pretty awesome stuff, right? Wrong. Maybe by human standards it is great but God says in 1 Peter 1:6 that our faith is “more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire.”
I know what you are thinking, “I thought you said gold cannot be destroyed by fire?” This paints such a beautiful picture. In this life we will go through struggles. We will question why God is letting things happen to us. We might doubt that He is listening or is with us or has our best interest in mind. We think our ways are better than His. Our thoughts are higher than His. All this happens so that “the genuineness of our faith may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
All the struggles we endure are refining our faith.
Refine means to free from impurities or imperfection, to perfect by pruning or polishing. The Lord is polishing our faith through the trials and struggles we face. This gold that everyone thinks is indestructible? God says it perishes by fire. But we can rejoice because our faith is imperishable and we have a sure salvation.
We have “an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for us.” (vs. 4) Think back to a time where things were “just not going your way” and it seemed like everything good was happening to the people around you and somehow you always got the raw end of the deal. Look at your life now and think about how the Lord was building your faith and proving it genuine. Maybe you are going through a hard time right now. Maybe you are angry at your circumstances.
Our faith will be tested by fire…all so that it will result in praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ!