Think It Not Strange

Recently in my devotions I read 1 Peter 4:12 and wrote the following.  I hope it is as much a blessing to you as it was to me. — Jon Barr

Think It Not Strange

Recently in my devotions I read 1 Peter 4:12 and wrote the following.  I hope it is as much a blessing to you as it was to me. 

Do you ever think you are the only one facing temptation or trials?  Have you ever wanted to ask God why you have those troubles?  Here is a verse that adds a good perspective to that question. 

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” (1 Peter 4:12).

A look at the meaning of the words helps us apply the verse to our lives.

Beloved (from “agape”, dear ones), think it not strange (do not be surprised or shocked at something which seems strange to you) concerning the fiery trial (refiner’s fire, trials that test your character) which is (come to pass) to try (the test of a person’s fidelity, integrity, virtue) you, as though some strange thing (thing that you are not aware of) happened unto you:” (1 Peter 4:12).

So, reading between the lines, here is a lesson I learned from this verse. 

Dear Christian, do not be surprised or shocked because of the trials that come to you to test your character.  They happen to test your integrity, your commitment, and your moral excellence.  You should expect these types of things to happen to you.

The Marines choose a “few good men” and put them through unbelievable trials and hardships to make them the best fighting force in the world.  Trials make them great.  In much the same way, trials  make us better.  Trials cause us to depend upon Christ more.  It is our responsibility to draw help from Christ during our hard times.  

It is encouraging to know that the problems, trials, and temptations we face are for our good.  Trials are a blessing from God, who is always good.  God is working on us daily to refine and mold us.  Praise Him today for even the hard lessons you are learning.

(Word definitions adapted from Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.)

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