6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ … (1 Peter 1).
Faith is most “precious” when it has been “tested by fire” — and the hotter the flames, the more precious the faith which endures them. This is generally the way of things in life, is it not? At least, this is the way it has been in our culture — that is, until the advent of ribbons and trophies received merely for participation. Sad to say, but it appears such a mentality has crept into the church, where far too many people see Christianity as a soft game to be played without the heat of “various trials,” which are seen as coming from the devil rather than from God.
The more precious the faith, the greater the “praise and glory and honor” which will go to the Savior when all is said and done. On that great day it will be shown how the faith of those saints who endured more fire will have had more dross removed and thus show more purity than the faith of those who merely participated in the faith. Precious faith is always a proven faith — faith that has passed the tests of trials.
Lord, help us This Day, that our faith might be proven and precious, if and when trials come our way. Amen.