“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV
There are the promises of God that we receive from him personally that excite us, and then there is the time of testing. What we often don’t realize is that as we endure trials of many kinds, we are shaped and molded into the person we need to be in order to be ready to receive the promise that God intends to give us. When we consider the Israelites who wandered in the desert for forty years after being delivered from captivity, we can understand that the minor trials that they had endured while on their journey to the promised land would had prepared their faith for the giants that they would have faced. The truth is that there might always be giants to deal with, and there may always be challenges, but we won’t overcome unless our faith is in Jesus. Do not be surprised at your trial, if you are waiting for God to bless your marriage, yet you and your spouse can barely hold it together, then consider that if you two hold onto God and the faith he gives you in the dry desert place, then your marriage will reap a harvest once you enter into the promised land of milk and honey. If you have an unfair boss and you seek God while working for him, then when you enter into the promised land, you will have the strength of faith to endure an even bigger challenge. It is the testing of our faith that truly proves our faith. What is this faith anyways? It is having faith in God, and not looking to anything else as our refuge. God, shake our faith.