James 1:2-4 NKJV) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
(James 1:13 NKJV) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
(James 1:17 NKJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Some people say, “Uncle John had a car wreck and because of that car wreck he turned to God”. God did not cause that car wreck for Uncle John because if God wanted to target Uncle John He would not have missed or done it halfway. There are people every day that turn to God without having a car wreck. There are people every day who have car wrecks and never turn to God. He turned to God because He had a prior knowledge of God and what he experienced caused him to wake up and turn to God.
God is not doing bad things nor does He work with the devil to discipline His children.
That would be like you getting your neighbor to rough up your child a little bit each time that your child does not do what he should.
(1 Peter 1:7 KJV) 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 NKJV) 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,
Because of the way that this sentence is structured, you could gather from this verse that trials are more precious than gold but that is not what Peter is saying. But what we have here is a metaphorical comparison.
(1 Peter 4:12 NKJV) Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
Gold is a precious metal because it is a rare commodity.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV (13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Paul says that temptations are common but Peter says faith is precious and rare.
Everyone is or has experienced trouble, temptations, tests and trials. We would find that many people have experienced or are experiencing the same things.
Just like you have to dig for gold, you have to dig for faith because faith is rare.
Fires don’t create gold. If that was the case we could just set fires and get gold but it does not work that way.
Trials do not create great faith.
If trials produce great faith then fires ought to produce gold and we know that just does not happen. Gold comes from deep in the earth and from rock.
Fire does not destroy gold. It will only liquefy it. Fire can work to purify gold but it will never destroy gold.
Trials will not destroy your faith. Your faith gets destroyed when you do not use it.
Faith in God’s Word will always contain the power through God to overcome any trial.
The temptations or trials will never overcome your faith unless you don’t use it.
Weightlifting does not build muscle. If it did, the more reps you do, it would become easier. Weightlifting actually triggers a response in your body that causes your body to respond and rebuild itself.
Trials do not build your faith; they just give you an opportunity to exercise your faith and as you exercise your faith, your faith gets stronger.
(Daniel 3:4-6 NKJV) Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, (5) that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; (6) and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
The King was very familiar with these men and knew of their intelligence, wisdom, etc. They were no strangers to him and 10 times wiser. (Daniel 1:18-20)
Why were these three men being picked on? It is because they represent God.
How often do we ask, “Why me God?” It is because we represent Jesus. It is because we look like God and are His children.
Do you think that God sits back and says, “That is not my fight, I really am not going to get involved?” Of course not.
God wants to help His children. He loves and cares about us. God wants to help us in our time of trial.
God’s power can only help us when we use our faith because faith is what releases that help into our situation.
Faith comes by hearing. Faith is what could make the difference in our lives or someone else’s life.
Daniel 3:16-18 KJV (16) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. (17) If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. (18) But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Verse 17 is not saying, “If it be God’s will…” It is saying, “If this is true that you are going to do this…” The King had threatened to do something similar to this before. They are saying, “If your threats are not true, we still will not worship you.” Traditionalists have said that God delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego because they were willing to die for their faith. I believe that they knew that were not going to die in this contest because the Name of God was being challenged. Notice that they said God is ABLE and He WILL. How did they know this?
(Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV) But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. (2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
(Hebrews 11:33-34 NKJV) “…who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (34) quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
These three men are commended in this verse for their faith and their faith was about quenching the violence of fire. Their faith came from Isaiah 43.
(Daniel 3:28-30 NKJV) Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! (29) Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.” (30) Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.
God did not just deliver Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but rather caused the whole country to have to glorify Him!
If you will learn to resist the devil in faith, then it will make him sorry for ever bothering you because God will turn the trial back on him.
If you will learn to stand in faith in a trial, you will not just get back what you had before; you will get back more than what you had before.