Do you trust God?
When the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the sky is clear it is easy to say that we trust God. When we have everything that we need and want and all of our dreams and desires are fulfilled it is easy to say that we trust God. When the road ahead is clear and smooth it is easy to say that we trust God.
But what about when things are not easy, when all of our dreams go up in flames, when life becomes painful and confusing?
In the good times, it is easy to say that we trust God but it is in the hard times that our trust is tested and proven. If we can only trust God when life is easy, we do not truly trust Him at all.
1 Peter 1:6-9 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.”
In this passage, Peter tells us that we are grieved by various trials so that our faith may be proven genuine. According to this passage then, if our faith fails us at the time of trial it is not genuine.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith is something that is seen in response to something that is not seen. We cannot see God but we can see a believer’s calm assurance in the midst of pain, peace in the midst of chaotic circumstances and trust in the midst of heartbreak.
Just as a candle’s light seems brighter the darker its surroundings, so a believer’s trust in the unseen God shines brighter the darker their circumstance. Candlelight in the middle of the day is barely noticeable. In the same way, a believer’s confidence in God when all is going well is hardly striking. True faith is not snuffed out by trials instead it shines brightly in the midst of them.
Our faith is proven genuine and displayed for all to see when it is tested by trials and difficulty. The underground church in China has a saying, “real gold fears no fire.” Real gold is not destroyed by fire. It is purified by fire. In the same way, true faith is never destroyed by trials. It is only strengthened and purified by them.
What about you? Is your faith genuine? Is it built upon the unchanging character of your God or upon the changing circumstances of your life?