"Though It Be Tried with Fire"
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ..." 1 Peter 1:7
"God is involved with our sufferings, even to the extent that He ordains them, but the purpose of that ordination is always good and righteous. Even though we suffer unjustly at the hands of men, we never suffer unjustly at the hands of God...
So, Peter says, we are grieved by the trials that come upon us, but in the midst of them we can rejoice exceedingly...we can be sure that through these trials, our genuineness of our faith, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
R.C. Sproul, pp. 35-36, 1-2 Peter (Crossway, 2011)
There are many definitions of faith: assurance, belief, trust, conviction; synonymous with the word faith, not necessarily its meaning.
Scripture in the New Testament (Heb 11:1-3) provides a beautiful meaning of faith: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible."
Abraham faced a trial that challenged more than his obedience. Abraham trusted the LORD implicitly, to the very second. It is one of the most chilling accounts in the Old Testament. Gen 22:1-14
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.
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"Tried faith brings experience. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too." Charles Spurgeon