1Pe 1:7 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;
The mark of a maturing Christian isn't an easy street lifestyle but that when the trials come (and they do for all of us) there is great rejoicing. The world would say that is the most foolish thing but the truth of God always trumps the worlds broken and false system. Worldly psychologist would tell you that you need at least a year of counseling at $100.00 per hour but God cuts right to the chase.
Now I see a few things prevelant here and in light of other scriptures that may bring light to this passage.
- RESOLVE that you will be in a trial if you are not already in one. We are to live sober minded and in so doing know that life can take a quick left turn at any moment.
- REALIZE that God will not give you more then you can handle (1Cor 10:13) and that He has graciously given you the fellowship of one another to help in the trials (Gal 6:2)
- RESIST the temptations of the devil, sin and self. Too many times we don't look at the good that God is accomplishing but look to the pain that it takes to accomplish His good and perfect will.
- REACT in a manner pleasing to God (Col 1:10) thus not giving sin a foothold in your trial. God tells us to always give thanks for that it His will (1Thes 5:18).
- REJOICE in the fact that God is working your salvation out in you (Php 2:12) and that He is shaping and molding you more into the image of Christ and that the good work He began He will continue (Php 1:6).
I hope that this will give you a Godly perspective as you go through your day.