We face many trials, depressions, difficulties, and burdens in this life. Here is a bright light of comfort in the midst of them:
“…now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith… may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7).
Here are 3 comforts from this verse:
1. Your grief is real.
Nothing is worse than when someone tells you there is nothing to be sad about. This verse says “you have been grieved.” Christians grieve. If you are facing trials, especially those that come from within your own mind and heart, know this: you are in good company, Christians go through many dangers, toils, and snares.
2. Your grievous trial is only for a little while.
It helps to remember that our trials are temporary. The passage says we have trials “for a little while.” Sorrow may last for the night, so weep for the night, but remember in your weeping that joy is coming. The wiping away of your tears is coming. Take comfort from the words of William Cowper, “Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, the clouds you so much dread, are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.”
3. Your genuine faith in the midst of every trial will result in God’s praise when Christ returns.
God is keeping you through every trial. His grace is working to keep you enduring in faith. So on the last day, when Christ returns, all will see how God kept you through every grievous trial. We will sing his praise for how he helped you to endure until the end. And endure you will, for “he who calls you is faithful; will surely do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).