Daily Devotionals

He Has Magnified His Word, Psalm 138:2

Profiting In The Midst of Trials

1Pe 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, … though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ

Genuine faith tested is preserved through fire for our joy.  But as Peter says, various trials may be for a little while which can easily discourage believers. Those prolonged times in the fire fight against hope. Greater testimony is not in the achievement but in endurance. These men speak from experience as seasoned endured soldiers.

Deeper joy from the Lord surfaces and becomes believers strength when we learn to profit even in and from trials, “the joy of the Lord is our strength”. Churches in Macedonia turned trials into joy and poverty into generosity. Paul gives their testimony Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality” (2Cor 8:1). In trading stocks, they teach you how to profit when the stocks are going up or going down. May we as well learn how to profit in good times and bad times.

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