By Chris Blevins
1 Peter 4:12-13
“12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
Not every person reading this article can associate with the Scripture shared above. We have all faced trials but not all have faced a fiery trials – yet. The difference between a fiery trial and a trial can simply be compared to a fiery crash and a fender bender. Though a fiery crash and fender bender both cause problems a fiery crash obviously has the potential to be much worse. Think of “The Fast and Furious” movie franchise. There are “wrecks” and “fiery crashes” and the difference is easy to distinguish.
The first action most of us take when faced with a fiery trial is introspection. We look inside of us to see what we were guilty of that could have caused the fiery trial. Surely this just didn’t happen on its own. We look for answers and if we cannot find one we sometimes create one in our own mind and beat ourselves up.
If we look at the Scripture above, we see we are not to “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you”. Peter is writing that sometimes we go through fiery trials and we shouldn’t think it strange as though something weird has happened to us. Don’t look inside to see what you did for you may not be the cause. Life happens. The Bible teaches us it rains on the just as well as the unjust.
One thing I have learned in life is that fiery trials do not discriminate. I have witnessed fiery trials on the faces of every race, every denomination and every social status. None of us are immune. At one time or another we will all face a fiery trial. But I have good news.
As we look at verse 13 above we see that if we keep our eyes on Christ as we suffer through the fiery trial we will become more like Him and grow closer to Him. Don’t waste your trial by taking your eyes off from Christ for if you keep your eyes on Him and understand you are partaking of His sufferings you become more like Him. With this knowledge we end up with exceeding joy. It is hard to understand how a fiery trial can come, make us more like Christ by suffering, and the end result be exceeding joy. But God’s Word is true. So if you are going through that trial now, lift up your head to the Heavens. You have His audience and attention but most importantly you have His help. Blessings to all.