Trials and Chocolate

They come in all shapes and sizes.

Their names are different.

Some are strong; others are weak.

Minutes, hours, or days can be the duration.

Each person reacts differently to varying types.

To what am I referring?

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Trial. Storms. Temptations. Sufferings. Tests. Hardships. What do you call them?

Peter gives some timely words for us.

Here is verse 6:

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” I Peter 1:6, NIV

Here are my thoughts on Peter’s words.

  1. Trials are diverse. Chocolate might be a weak spot for me but french fries will get my wife every time. We have different trials that affect us.
  2. Trials are distracting. If I am looking at the chocolate, I might miss the meal.
  3. Trials are dividing. I say chocolate is good. My wife likes potato chips better. We are divided on the topic of dessert.
  4. Trials are depleting. My money goes to buy more chocolate. Will I have enough for a regular dinner?
  5. Trials are depressing. What if I eat too much chocolate?

You get the point. And, by the way, chocolate is not that bad for you.


But why are we talking about trials? Didn’t we just get through a few verses of a fantastic inheritance set aside for us?

The answer is, “Yes!” We do have an inheritance. Read my last post to find out more on this topic.

Look at verse 6 again, from earlier. “…for a little while…”

We are not there yet.

We are in a trial period.

trial period

And we can celebrate in the suffering.

We can have joy in the journey.

We can smile in the storm.

We can be happy in the hardship.

We can rejoice (greatly!) during the rain.

Why? Because God is bigger than the trials. He reigns supreme over the hardships.

Out faith will come out like gold when all is done!

gold

And that will be the topic of my next post, Gold bars!

But for now, look to God if you are in a trial. He will see you through it.

And help yourself to a chocolate bar.

 

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Lent, pt. 11

I would like to start with a verse.

“6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” NIV I Peter 1:6-7 

I was at war today. In my brain.

Sometimes, I really dislike being at war. It is no fun getting shot at constantly.

According to the verse at the beginning, I should greatly rejoice. What!?!?

Lent, for me, has been tough. I have not done very well at getting up early to pray.

I am slightly behind on my devotional.

And the devil keeps shooting at me.

But Jesus will be revealed!!!

It might be tomorrow or next week. Perhaps next year. Maybe in a decade.

But he will be revealed…and that is enough to keep me moving forward.


Has Lent been difficult for you?

Are you stuck?

Do you feel like all this is even worth it?

I think it is. If gold could talk, it would scream at the pain of the refiner’s fire.

Then, when all is said and done, God uses lots of gold in heavenly construction.

refining gold

You and I will get to heaven but only after God has refined us.

So hang in there! God is not finished with you!