In this you greatly rejoice, though 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, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The perspective we have on this side of eternity is that our griefs and trials seem to last longer than “for a little while,” and that they are not something to “greatly rejoice” about. It just takes time and a bit of heat to refine our hearts to the point they are proven genuine. But enduring these things will bring “praise, glory and honor” to Christ now, and when He is “revealed” He will bestow the same on us.
My Advice – “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1–3, NIV 1984). Don’t lose heart. Some day you will stand before His throne and hear Him say to you, “well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful [through these] things…come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21, NIV 1984). Those words, from Him to you, will be “of greater worth than gold.”