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. 


Expect a Test
   No doubt Jesus could see there were a lot 
of hungry people in the massive crowd that had 
gathered to hear Him speak. It was lunch time, and 
they were still sitting there. So, He turned to 
Philip and said, Where can we buy bread to feed 
all these people? (John 6:5 NLT). 
   Was Jesus really asking Philip for help, 
as if He didnt know what to do? Clearly not. 
In fact, the next verse tells us, He was 
testing Philip, for he already knew what he was 
going to do (verse 6 NLT). 
   Philip basically said it would require a 
small fortune to feed all those people. There was 
no way they could do it. Then Andrew said, 
Theres a young boy here with five barley loaves and 
two fish. But what good is that with this huge 
crowd? (verse 9 NLT). 
   This was a test. Could they trust God? 
Jesus already had performed miracles. They knew 
what He was capable of. But could they trust Him 
to provide food for a lot of hungry people? 
   Apparently not because Andrew didnt 
know what to do, and Philip didnt know what to 
do. But Jesus multiplied those five barley 
loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 people, with 
twelve baskets of food left over (see verses 
   We might say His disciples didnt pass 
that test. Yet havent we been in times of 
testing as well? A big financial issue comes up, and 
we wonder how were going to pay that 
unexpected bill. We wonder how were going to make 
ends meet. 
   I can tell you that after walking with 
the Lord since the age of 17, God always has 
come through for me. And I believe that He will 
come through for you (see Philippians 4:19). But 
He will test us. God allows us to go through 
times of trial to make sure we are learning and 
growing. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


Matured by Trials
   Adverse circumstances are designed to 
help us develop spiritually. Every time we face a 
trial we have an opportunity to move to another 
level of spiritual growth. James 1:12 pronounces 
persevering through a trial as a blessing. To be blessed 
is to be spiritually satisfied with the results 
of something. A blessed man does not quit or 
throw in the towel during a tough time; rather he 
perseveres because he knows one day he will receive the 
crown of life. 
   Temptations are circumstances designed to 
defeat you while trials are circumstances designed 
to develop you. [Alternative View with Dr. Tony 
https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view-with-dr-tony-evans/ re 1 Peter 1:6-7] 

Comfort For A Troubled Mind
   There are two things we need to 
acknowledge about suffering - namely, that it does exist 
and it does hurt. Affliction is a reality in 
everyone's life at one time or another. Such affliction 
takes on many forms, not the least of which is 
mental suffering. 
   When writing to fellow believers about 
suffering, Peter recognized that there are many and 
various ways in which we can be grieved. The 
specific sorrow that Peter's first readers were 
burdened by was the mental anguish that comes from 
enduring hardship - but Peter was fully aware that 
there are all kinds of trials that buffet our 
minds and crush our spirits. 
   Because of the gospel, Peter doesn't have 
to end on a note of hopelessness and despair. 
Instead, he gives us promises to which we can cling. 
   First of all, Peter reminds us that our 
trials last only "a little while." Now, "a little 
while" needs to be understood in the light of 
eternity; even a lifetime is "a little while" compared 
to forever! Thus, a long period of suffering in 
this life is still, in God's economy and in the 
framework of His plan and purpose for His children, "a 
little while." That is not to say that such 
suffering will feel brief - especially when we are in 
the midst of it. For many, suffering means that 
a minute can seem like a day, a day can seem 
like a year, and a year can seem as if it's never 
going to end. But we can and must cling to this 
promise: our current misery is not our eternal end. 
Suffering may fill your life today, but one day, "in 
the last time," salvation will. 
   Secondly, we are able to say with 
confidence that in every moment of suffering, God is 
present. In the account of Saul of Tarsus's 
conversion we find Jesus intimately identifying with 
His people's suffering: he says, "Saul, Saul, 
why are you persecuting me?" (Acts 9:4, emphasis 
added). How could Jesus say "me" when He was in 
heaven? It was because, through the Spirit, Christ 
was present with His people. He stood in 
solidarity with them. His Spirit was with them, 
guarding them as they walked through valleys toward 
their day of final salvation. He does the same for 
   You have in the Lord Jesus a Great High 
Priest who is perfectly able to sympathize with 
your sufferings (Hebrews 4:15). When you're 
tempted to believe the lies that God has abandoned 
you or that no one else understands where you've 
been or what you're going through, you can be 
confident in this: there's "no throb nor throe that 
our hearts can know, but He feels it above." And 
you can be confident in this, too: one day the 
sorrow will be behind, and only glory will he 
ahead. That is a truth in which you can rejoice 
today, whatever today may hold. [Truth for Life by 
Alistair Begg re 1 Peter 1:5-6] 


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



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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