Better Than Gold
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through [various trials]: That the [genuineness] 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:” I Peter 1:6-8
Many years ago, there was a new couple who joined our church, both of them newly saved and just beginning to grow. Rebekah quickly formed a bond with the wife as they both experienced their first baby together. Their daughter and our son were a week apart to the day. Both women also sang quite well and they were an awesome duo in the choir.
After a time, the husband decided to go to Bible college to be in the ministry and they moved out of state. The couple had been gone for a couple of years but decided to come back as the husband eventually learned that school was not his forte. When they returned, the wife was about six months along with their fourth child. She resumed her choir duties and even sang some special music in church. Her delivery date grew closer, and one night at a church banquet she was particularly counting the hours. She talked to Rebekah and expressed she was in discomfort.
We went home that night after the banquet and thought nothing more of it. Our phone rang around 3:45am and it was my sister. At that time, my sister was working at the hospital and she told me that our friend and her infant had died in childbirth. We had literally just spoken to her hours before and now she was gone. She was in her late 20's and way too young to die. I just couldn’t believe this had happened and my heart was broken for her husband and three young children.
My sister told me that the husband, amidst his sorrow and heartache, was witnessing to the medical staff and thanking God. He had just lost his wife and baby, but yet was thanking God and thinking of others. I was greatly puzzled by this, and I couldn’t believe his godly resolve. He was going through the fire, but yet praised His Lord and Savior. He did not raise a fist and shout at God, but rather in stark contrast, thanked Him. His faith had been tried in the fire and was found to be genuine - more precious than gold. He passed the test and was a tremendous testimony to all those who came into contact with him.
What trial are you going through today? Is your faith going through the fire? Is God honored by the way you are reacting to the trials He has placed in your life? Are you a testimony to others who witness your reaction to the trials or do they even know you’re a Christian? Will you miss out on what He has for you or will you allow Him to do His perfect will through your life? May we pass the test He has allowed, and may our faith be found genuine - more precious than gold.
Stay in the fight!