In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:6-9).
Who likes going through trials? How could anyone rejoice during those times? Yet, James is not telling us to rejoice in the trials but in what those trials produce. It is in trials that our faith is tried and tested. It emerges from the fiery trials true or genuine and more precious than gold. It doesn’t perish like gold. In faith, we praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ whom we have not seen but love. We believe in Him whom we have not seen. And in the end, we receive the salvation which He died for.
So, trials may come and grieve us but in the end, we will have inexpressible joy on that glorious day when we shall see our Lord and Savior face to face. When trials come, don’t try not to fall into despair but turn to the One who promised that He would never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).