Scripture: Now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith---of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
Devotional: A tried saint brings more glory to God than an untried one. I think in my own soul that a believer in a prison reflects more glory on his Master than a believer in paradise, that a child of God in the burning, fiery furnace, whose hair is yet unscorched
And upon whom the smell of the fire has not passed, displays more the glory of the Godhead than even he who stands with a crown upon his head, perpetually singing praises before the Father’s throne.
Nothing reflects so much honor on a workman as a trial of his work and its endurance of it. So it is with God. It honors Him when His saints preserve their integrity. Peter honored Christ more when he walked on the water than when he stood upon the land. There was no glory given to God by his walking on the solid shore, but there was glory reflected when he walked on the water.
If we could but add more jewels to the crown of Christ by remaining here, why should we wish to be taken out of the world? We should say, “It is blessed to be anywhere where we can glorify Him.”(Charles Spurgeon, Strengthen My Spirit)
Prayer: Father we don’t ask for trials and testing but we know they will come. In them we see our own humanness and weaknesses. Without your Holy Spirit we would be powerless to overcome but we can do all things through Christ. May we bring glory to your name regardless of the situations that we are faced with. May we find our refreshing in the promises of your word knowing that you are God and your word does not return to you void. In God we place our trust. All glory be to the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.