So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead,
even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. 1 Peter 1:6-7a (NLT)
Many of my conversations with the Lord are recorded on some 20-plus journals that span 27 years. Yesterday’s conversation was about a situation that is truly testing our faith, which is “being tested as fire tests and purifies gold” (1 Peter 1:7b). I saw an image of a plane in the grip of air turbulence; a peaceful and smooth journey to a destination disrupted by violent air currents.
This is what I wrote regarding our present situation:
“It’s like being in an airplane, going on our way to our destination—You—when air currents disrupt our flight and make the plane shake, bounce, jump, and jerk in response to their movements. Everything is upset; things fall out of place and our peaceful journey is upset.
“And so we struggle with the unrest and unease that our flight is now experiencing. Some of us get sick, some of us cry out in pain. Some of us are jolted awake, some of us rail against God because of our discomfort; some of us cry out to Him and experience His presence, comfort, and peace because we know He’s with and for us, and He’s holding us.”
It ended with Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Through every tear that drops, every ache of our hearts, every doubt, every question, every moment of worry and not knowing what to do, our Father has been with us—loving and holding us, as a parent lovingly holds and comforts his or her child.
Our response to His work in our lives matters; Peter tells us why in 1 Peter 1:7c-9, “So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.” (NLT)
Last night when I was speaking to my friend, Wendy, she sang the chorus of “Through It All,” for me. She also gave me the 1 Peter 1:7-8 verse that accompanies it. It was written by Andre Crouch many years ago. I hope you enjoy it and are as encouraged by it as I was.
Dear Father, You always know when and where to meet us. You are a good Father to us. Each and every day, You meet and reveal Yourself to me and encourage me to keep my mind and heart on You, else I struggle with unrest/weakness, worry, and open myself to the enemy’s fiery darts.
During this entire season You have given me comfort through Scripture, songs, and encouragement and wisdom from others; Thank You for love, patience, and character refining that lasts for a season, is for our good, and prepares us for our final destination—our home with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.