Memory Monday – Week 47

In 1 Peter, trials and suffering are mentioned several times. We know that as Christians we will face trials. It is never a question of if, it’s a question of when. It’s important to remember that every trial we face is a refining process.

Verse 6 tells us to rejoice. This is referring to rejoicing in the power kept by God that verse 5 mentioned. We can find joy in the fact that when we face trials, He is with us.

Verse 7 says that our faith is tested by fire. The reason for this is to display the quality of our faith. It’s very easy to have faith when life is easy, but when we face trials our faith is tested. Trials refine us and mold us to be more like Jesus. 

The only way to refine metal is to keep it in the heat. God does the same with us. When we are in the fire is when God molds us to who He wants us to become. It sometimes feels like it’s all at once and that everything is crashing down around us; our faith, our health, our marriage, our job, etc, but it’s in those dark times that Jesus refines us. As an example, a clay pot sitting on a shelf is still a pot, but once it’s put into a fire, it become porcelain. It doesn’t change on the shelf, but in the fire. We don’t change by walking through life one day at a time with no trials. We change while we are in the trials.

My hope for everyone is that while in a trial they seek the Lord and allow Him to refine you. I think so often trials cause people to run away from the Lord and instead grow bitter, which I believe misses the whole purpose of going through a trial. Instead, seek Him and your faith will be proved genuine and will result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus is revealed.


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  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 07:19h, 12 May Reply

    I love how Paul, as he was in the midst of persecution and imprisonment, could declare JOY! He has overcome and we can rejoice!

  • Kelli B
    Posted at 10:01h, 12 May Reply

    So true! It’s so easy to run from Him during trials but it’s the opposite that we need to be doing. I know I’ve changed the most during those trials and though they weren’t fun, I wouldn’t change them.

  • Susannah
    Posted at 12:07h, 12 May Reply

    Isn’t it a blessing that in the midst of our trials we have such a great God we can lean on??? 🙂 I don’t know how I’d get through without Him.

  • Amie
    Posted at 12:52h, 12 May Reply

    Amen! This is so true 🙂

  • Emily @ EatLoveProcreate
    Posted at 14:34h, 12 May Reply

    No one I know illustrates how to practice this verse in trials than you my friend. I can say with 100% certainty that you have and still are proving the genuineness of your faith. Love the verse!

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 16:47h, 12 May Reply

    what a beautiful and relevant post – when i’m struggling (in the fire) i remind myself that this is the greatest opportunity for growth and that i’m going to come out more compassionate (our suffering always seems to help us connect with others so much better).

  • Elisha
    Posted at 17:01h, 12 May Reply

    good word girlie!!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 17:40h, 12 May Reply

    Such wonderful advice Caroline! I used to run from God when the going got tough but I’ve learned that’s the time to press into him.

    Thanks for sharing Caroline.

    Wishing you a blessed day.

  • Evangeline
    Posted at 18:57h, 12 May Reply

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  • Amy
    Posted at 19:40h, 12 May Reply

    Good words! I am always asking God to strengthen my character, but I never ask for trials (even though that’s what it takes to get the character!) Thinking and praying for you sweet friend!

  • Bridget
    Posted at 19:56h, 12 May Reply

    This is so good! Thank you for sharing much needed today.

  • jenna
    Posted at 21:45h, 12 May Reply

    Yes, yes, YES! I love that verse oh so much.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 21:05h, 13 May Reply

    “We don’t change by walking through life one day at a time with no trials. We change while we are in the trials.” Very true. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for our trials.

    Posted at 21:32h, 13 May Reply

    I love this so much! You really are so gifted with words and your posts always resonate heavily in my heart! Thank you girl!

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