1 Peter 1:6, 7 - Problems Prepare You for Eternity.

1 Peter 1:6, 7 (NLT) So be truly glad! There 
is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is 
necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. 7 
These trials are only to test your faith, to show 
that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as 
fire tests and purifies gold - and your faith is 
far more precious to God than mere gold. So if 
your faith remains strong after being tried by 
fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and 
glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is 
revealed to the whole world. 


   Life is not a series of random, freak 
accidents. Life is not totally unplanned. Life is not 
without meaning. God knows whats going on. 
   God is weaving the tapestry of your life, 
and it includes light and dark threads - happy 
and sad times - to produce richness and texture 
and color. Nothing can come into the life of a 
child of God without Gods permission. 
Everything is Father filtered. 
   Dont misunderstand me. Im not 
saying that everything that happens to you in life 
is Gods perfect will. Thats just not 
true. There are a lot of things that are not 
Gods will. If you go out and sin, thats not 
Gods will. If somebody sins against you, thats 
not Gods perfect will. 
   But God does have a permissive will. If I 
go out and overeat, I pay the consequences. If 
I go out and wreck my body, I pay the 
consequences. God does not cause evil, and God does not 
cause suffering. But he does allow those things 
because they have a purpose. God permits them, and 
then he uses them. 
   God is an expert at bringing good out of 
bad. He could have kept Paul out of prison in 
Philippi, but instead he let Paul go to prison, and 
the jailer became a believer as a result. God 
could have kept Jesus from the cross, but he let 
him go. He let his own Son suffer and die. Did 
God bring any good out of that? Id say he 
   God loves to turn crucifixions into 
resurrections. The things you most wish were removed from 
your life are often the very things that God uses 
to shape you and make you into the believer he 
wants you to be. He wants to use that problem for 
good in your life. Theres something more 
important than your pain: what youre learning from 
that pain. God is in control. 
   So how can we respond to painful or 
difficulty situations? The apostle Paul says, Never 
give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits 
are being renewed every day. For our present 
troubles are small and wont last very long. Yet 
they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs 
them and will last forever! (2 Corinthians 
4:16-17 NLT). [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


This May Hurt A Little
   Few things are more frustrating than 
buying" quality" merchandise that falls apart as 
soon as you take it out of the box. Then you look 
inside the box and find a small slip of paper that 
reads: "Inspected by Number 45." Apparently, your 
merchandise had not been inspected closely enough. A few 
seconds of mild abuse by Number 45 probably would 
have shown this merchandise for what it was, and 
spared you the disappointment.  
   In Peter's first letter, he warns and 
encourages us about disappointments - how we can 
approach them, live through them, and be strengthened 
by them. They are tests or, if you will, 
inspections of God's merchandise - us.  
   Notice also in this passage a living 
hope, hints at what angels long to see, and the 
high standards for those whose faith has been 
tested and strengthened.  
   Peter wrote of suffering several times in 
this letter (1 Peter 1:6-7; 3:13-17; 4:12-19; 
5:9). His readers needed this discussion of trials 
because non-Christians misunderstood, harassed, and 
even physically abused Christians. Some of the 
opposition came from government officials, some from 
non-Christian individuals, and some from family members. 
To those abused and aching Christians, Peter 
wrote: "Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy 
ahead, even though you have to endure many trials 
for a little while" (1:6).  
   Christians are not of this world - our 
goals, values, and allegiance contrast and clash 
with society's. Thus, eventually, all believers 
will face trials of rejection because of their 
choice to follow Christ.  
   Accept rejection and suffering for your 
faith as a test. God will purify and refine you 
through your trials. [The One Year Through the Bible 
Devotional by Dave Veerman] 


   The fact that we are called upon to 
endure trial shows that the Lord Jesus sees in us 
something precious which He desires to develop. If He 
saw in us nothing whereby He might glorify His 
name, He would not spend time in refining us. He 
does not cast worthless stones into His furnace. 
It is valuable ore that He refines. The 
blacksmith puts the iron and steel into the fire that 
he may know what manner of metal they are. The 
Lord allows His chosen ones to be placed in the 
furnace of affliction to prove what temper they are 
of and whether they can be fashioned for His 
   The potter takes the clay and molds it 
according to his will. He kneads it and works it. He 
tears it apart and presses it together. He wets it 
and then dries it. He lets it lie for a while 
without touching it. When it is perfectly pliable, 
he continues the work of making of it a vessel. 
He forms it into shape and on the wheel trims 
and polishes it. He dries it in the sun and 
bakes it in the oven. Thus it becomes a vessel fit 
for use. So the great Master Worker desires to 
mold and fashion us. And as the clay is in the 
hands of the potter, so are we to be in His hands. 
We are not to try to do the work of the potter. 
Our part is to yield ourselves to be molded by 
the Master Worker.  MH471, 2 

   Faith is perhaps the most central element 
in the Christian life because it is the means 
by which we enter into salvation. But thats 
only the beginning. From then onward, our faith - 
or lack of it - shapes our lives and determines 
what happens to us when the winds of adversity 
blow. Some Christians never lose their footing 
even in hurricane-force winds, but others are 
toppled by the slightest gust. To understand why 
this is true, we need to examine the source of 
our faith. 
   Inherited faith: If you grew up in a 
Christian home, you probably adopted some of the 
beliefs of your parents. This kind of godly 
foundation is a wonderful gift from the Lord, but 
eventually, each person must assume responsibility for 
his own beliefs. 
   Textbook faith: The Bible is the ultimate 
guide for establishing our beliefs. But thats 
not the only source of influence. Books, 
preachers, teachers, and friends all impact our 
convictions. Our theology may in fact be sound, but faith 
is merely mental acceptance until its put to 
the test. 
   Proven Faith: Only when we trust the Lord 
through the fires of adversity will we have faith 
that can stand. It is no longer based on what 
others have told us or what weve accepted as 
true but on our firsthand experience of His 
   To evaluate your faith, consider how you 
react to adversity. Do you cling to the Lord or 
get angry at Him? Is your attitude one of 
rejoicing because Hes making you more like His Son, 
or are you bitter? No one can escape adversity, 
but those with proven faith will benefit from 
it. [In Touch Daily Devotional by Charles 
Stanley at www.intouch.org] 

   God is always at work in our lives. Even 
during seasons of adversity, He wants to accomplish 
something powerful and good. How should this knowledge 
affect our response? Today's passage teaches us to 
choose to rejoice during difficult times. This 
doesn't mean we have to be happy about the hardship 
itself. Instead, joy comes from drawing close to the 
Lord and believing steadfastly that through His 
redemptive power, He is growing and preparing us. If 
your usual response to trials is anxiety, anger, 
or depression, the idea of having joy in the 
midst of a negative situation might not seem 
logical. However, if you look beneath the surface, 
you will discover that this biblical directive 
makes sense for several reasons. 
   Often, our natural reaction to pain is to 
run in the opposite direction, and as fast as 
possible. However, God wants to teach us endurance - 
much like a long-distance runner builds up 
strength in training - so that we can fully benefit 
from what He is doing in our hearts. He uses 
trials as a refining fire to purify us like gold 
and bring us to greater spiritual maturity. As 
we realize that we are actually being made more 
complete through our adversities, we'll begin to face 
challenging times with confidence that He always has our 
best interest in mind. 
   While a worldly viewpoint sees hope and 
joy in the midst of dark times as nave, a 
spiritual perspective discerns that we're really 
progressing on a journey toward life at its fullest. We 
can be filled with supernatural joy, knowing 
that the Lord is making us into world-changing 
spiritual warriors. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 

   God knows when we face horrendous 
situations. He hears our cries. Even those who maintain 
the closest fellowship with Him are not immune 
to feelings of hopelessness. 
   Many times God allows us to face hopeless 
circumstances in order to test and try our faith; it is 
the hopelessness that forces us to seek God, and 
it is there that we find strength and 
   Does God care that your trials make you 
weary? Yes, and He knows every emotion, need, and 
desire you have. He also knows exactly what it will 
take to bring you into a more intimate 
relationship with Him. 
   The apostle Peter addressed his two 
letters to those who reside as aliens, scattered 
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and 
Bithynia (1 Pet. 1:1; 2 Pet. 3:1). If he were 
choosing a modern title for his letters, he might 
consider Encouragement For Times of 
Hopelessness, or Hope For The Hurting, because 
encouragement and hope is exactly what Peter conveyed to 
these hurting believers. 
   These believers faced all kinds of 
persecution. They were beaten, slandered, assaulted, and 
in some cases would lose their lives for their 
faith in Jesus Christ. Peter called them 
aliens because they held a citizenship not of this 
world but of the kingdom of God. Still, they faced 
times of discouragement and needed hope. Peter 
explained that they could rejoice even in times of 
trial because of Jesus Christ, the living hope 
within them - their risen Savior and Lord (1 Pet. 
1:3). Jesus protected them by the power of God (v. 
   So long as we have Jesus, no situation is 
   Would you like to enjoy an eternal hope? 
Then focus your heart on Jesus (1 Tim. 4:6). 
Remember, He is working to bring His will and good 
pleasure to the forefront of your life. 
   Even if you find yourself in a seemingly 
hopeless situation, know that God has an entirely 
different view of the details. If you will let Him, He 
will take your life, no matter how bruised and 
broken, and make something beautiful out of it. 
   Isnt this what hope is all about - 
beauty for ashes, gladness instead of sorrow, and a 
coat of praise instead of fainting (Is. 
61:1"3)? This is the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ 
in your life. Therefore bring to Him your 
afflictions and disappointments. Tell Him your sorrows, 
and He will restore your hope. 
      	Adversity is a bridge to a deeper 
relationship with God. 
      	The dark moments in our life will 
last only so long as is necessary for God to 
accomplish His purpose in us. [Life Principles SB By 
Charles Stanley] 


   Abraham had to wait decades for God to 
fulfill his promise of a son. God often makes us 
wait for the things he has promised so that our 
faith builds in the waiting. The prophet Habakkuk 
got a vision from God about the future, and he 
had to wait for its fulfillment. God said, "It 
might take a while. But wait for it. You can be 
sure it will come. It will happen when I want it 
to" (Habakkuk 2:3 NIrV).  
   If you have a picture of where you want 
to be when you reach your goals, don't give up 
in the face of difficulties and delays. These 
occur to prove your faith, to teach you to rely on 
God, and to motivate you to trust God's 
timetable. Proven faith is far more precious than gold. 
   Are you waiting for God to act? If you're 
doing everything you need to do, then you can 
relax and wait with confidence. 
   Wait patiently for God's answer; your 
victory comes from him (Psa. 62:1). [The Daniel Plan 
365-Day Devotional] 

   Somewhere after my first decade in my 
wheelchair, I was gratified by the changes in my life. 
All things were working together for my good and 
God's glory - it didn't mean being an author or 
speaker; it meant being like Christ. Hardships were 
forcing me to make decisions about God - my faith 
was becoming more muscular. Suffering was doing 
a job on my character - I was able to stick to 
promises, not be sloppy in relationships, quit 
whining, and be more patient. My thoughts were being 
jerked right side up - I couldn't reach for the 
common temptations like before (having no hands 
helped with that). Also... 
   Suffering was making me more sensitive to 
others - I couldn't have cared less about people 
like me before my accident, but now it was a 
different story. Being paralyzed was making heaven 
come alive - not in a cop-out way, but in a way 
that made me want to live better here on earth 
because greater things were coming in the next 
   A checklist like this sounds dry and 
technical, but years ago, it helped answer - at least 
in part - that sticky question, "Why does God 
pile on hardships so high?" Well - hey! - God is 
more concerned with conforming us to the likeness 
of his Son than leaving us in our comfort 
zones. God is more interested in inward qualities 
than outward circumstances. Today, look for the 
"reasons" God has for your hardship. When you find 
them, you will "leave the elementary teachings 
about Christ and go on to maturity" (Hebrews 
   Lord, you are the one who holds all the 
reasons in your hands. I can trust you with every 
reason! [Joni Eareckson Tada Daily Devotional: 


   You need more than positive thinking to 
survive in this world. You need hope. 
   And lasting hope is possible because God 
is preparing you for eternity. 
   God is using everything in your life - 
the good, the bad, and the ugly - to get you 
ready. When you understand this, life begins to 
make sense. You stop asking, Lord, why is this 
happening? because you know why. 
   The Bible says, Be truly glad. There 
is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must 
endure many trials for a little while. These trials 
will show that your faith is genuine. It is being 
tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though 
your faith is far more precious than mere gold. 
So when your faith remains strong through many 
trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and 
honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to 
the whole world (1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT). 
   Those verses describe several truths that 
are the same today as they were in Peters 
   Problems are temporary. They wont last 
forever. But God is using those trials for his 
   Problems are necessary. They are an 
indispensable part of preparing you for heaven. 
   Problems are varied. Youll experience 
trials of all different shapes, sizes, and levels 
of intensity. 
   Problems test your faith. You build 
muscles by testing them. The same is true with your 
   Problems purify your motives. God is much 
more interested in your character than your 
comfort. Hell use trials to refine your 
   Problems prepare you for your rewards. 
The trials youre going through now dont 
compare to the rewards of heaven. 
   No doubt, the troubles youre 
experiencing now arent fun. But the Bible makes it 
clear they can result in something good. Theyll 
make your faith stronger. 
   Thats why you can have hope no matter 
whats going on in your life right now. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   I have done great things for you, so let 
Me fill you with Joy. Take ample time to ponder 
all I have done for you. Rejoice in My goodness 
and My greatness as you remember My marvelous 
deeds. Rest in My intimate Presence; relax in My 
everlasting arms. I long to fill you with Joy, but you 
must collaborate with Me in this process.  
   Do not be like a spoiled child on 
Christmas Day - hastily tearing open all the presents 
and then saying, "Is that all?" Every single day 
is a precious gift from Me! Search for Me 
within the boundaries of this day, and you will 
surely find Me. I am present not only in pleasant 
things but also in unwanted circumstances. My Joy 
is sufficient for all situations, and I adjust 
it according to your need. When things are 
going your way, My gladness intensifies your 
delight. When you encounter hard things, I give you a 
deep, bold Joy that clings to Me for help. 
Receiving My Joy requires not only time but also 
courage. (Psa. 126:3; Deu. 33:27; Jer. 29:13; 1Pe. 
1:6-8) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   You can find Joy in the most unexpected 
places. However, this requires effort: searching for 
the good and refusing to let your natural 
responses blind you to what is there. I will help you 
respond in a supernatural way, giving you eyes that 
see beyond the obvious and discover treasure 
hidden in your troubles. Simply ask Me. 
   Living joyously is a choice. Since you 
inhabit such a sinful, broken world, you must choose 
gladness many times daily. This is especially true 
during difficult times. When something happens that 
breaks the pattern of comfort and happiness in your 
life, you are being put to the test. Such trials 
can both prove and strengthen your faith, which 
is much more precious than gold. I am training 
you to consider it pure Joy whenever you face 
trials of many kinds. 
   I made the agonizing choice to endure the 
cross for the Joy set before Me - the eternal 
pleasure of bringing My followers to Glory. Choose 
Joy, beloved, by fixing your eyes on Me and 
looking for treasures in your trials. (1Pe.1:6, 7; 
Jam. 1:2; Heb. 12:2; 2:10) [Jesus Always by Sarah 

   Believing in Me has many beneficial 
effects - including Joy that is inexpressible and 
filled with Glory! If something is inexpressible, 
it is too great and wondrous to be described. 
But it can be experienced. So come into My 
Presence expectantly; open wide your heart to Me. The 
Joy you can have in Me is triumphant and filled 
with heaven's Glory. I triumphed over sin and 
death once for all time! This opens up the way to 
heaven for all who believe in Me.  
   No matter how many difficulties you face, 
the outcome of your faith - the salvation of 
your soul - is secure. This is true for all who 
really trust Me as Savior-God. As you rejoice in 
your glorious heavenly future, let your light 
shine before other people. My Spirit, the Spirit 
of truth, will help you speak truth into 
others' lives. Align yourself with Me, for I came 
into the world to testify to the truth. Join Me 
in this quest so that people living in darkness 
can find Me and walk in My great Light. [Jesus 
Always by Sarah Young] 


1 Peter 1:6, 7 - Joy in Trials.


Acts 14:22b - Tribulation for Entrance to 
the Kingdom. 


James 1:2 - Troubles Are Opportunities for 
Great Joy. 


2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 - God of All Comfort.


Psalm 34:18-19 - The Blessings of Adversity.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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