7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
In verse 6, Peter talks about ‘all kinds of trials’ referring to the persecution of one’s faith rather than life’s everyday problems. Peter continues to state the results of these kinds of trials (1) refine or purify one’s faith – much more than pure gold that lasts for a long time and (2) prove/test the reality or genuineness of one’s faith. Peter is deliberately comparing faith with gold by arguing faith is more precious, of greater worth, than (refined) gold. Although gold lasts for a long time, and highly valuable, it eventually perishes. But faith is eternal, and it is much more valuable since it secures one’s eternal inheritance. It is for this reason that when all kinds of trials come our way, we should gladly rejoice in it for the rewards are eternal in value.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray the promises of God. Remind yourself of God’s character and power by finding a promise from God that speaks to you. Reflect and pray on it today.