1 Peter 1:7 (NASB) 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;
"Just keep going; I promise it will be worth it!" A few of us boys decided to go fishing. One of the guys knew the perfect spot to catch the big ones. So, we all followed him. After getting off our bikes, we headed through this thick brush. The further we went the thicker it became. It looked as if we were just walking in circles. It almost got to the point where it was so dense, we couldn't go any further and were seriously considering turning around. Today's verse speaks that the proof of our faith, more precious than gold, even though it's tested by fire, may be found to result in us praising God. "A few more steps, and we will be there." Sure enough, when we pushed on, we found a beautiful fishing hole. The best part was that we caught lunker bass. We all praised the guy who showed us the way. In life, we will have to push through this and that and fight our way to get where we are headed. When we get there, we can praise God for without His strength and guidance, we will just walk in circles. I think about the man, Jesus Christ. I think about how He is the way, and you will praise Him for being tested by fire and coming out more precious than gold.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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