“So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” – 1 Peter 1:7
About a year ago my wife and I bought a Ninja. No, not the type of Ninja you are thinking, I already have 2 of those in my home (One is 9 years old and one is 4 years old.) We purchased a Ninja blender and let me tell you, it’s magnificent. It’ll pretty much turn to liquid anything that is placed in it. Yet as I began to use this Ninja, I would sit and stare in amazement as it took my fruits and vegetables and turned them into a liquid I could drink…WOW…it was AMAZING. As I sat and watched it do its thing, I realized how similar that process in that blender was to many circumstances I was facing in my life.
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At times it feels as though we are caught in a blender filled with circumstances and emotions, and we’re left trying to figure out where God is in the mix of it all. So, we end up asking questions like, “God, why me?” or “God, what did I do to deserve this?” or “God, I’m not sure how much more I can take.” All of these are legitimate questions when we find ourselves in certain circumstances but as I read through 1 Peter 1:7 I am reassured that the FAITH that I profess to have in Jesus will always be tested in the crucible of life.
We often pray “God, please give me radical faith” and then when the circumstances hit we begin to ask “Why me?”; when the circumstances are the testing of the faith that we prayed for God to give us. Though you may feel as though your life is in a blender and you can’t make sense of it, we are assured of the fact that if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus while in the blender, the mess of our circumstances seems to matter less and less because we begin to see a revelation of Jesus Christ. The blender of our faith actually produces praise, glory and honor as we gaze upon Jesus. I am so encouraged that, as the verse says, “the proof of our faith is more precious than gold which is perishable” and even though our faith is tested by the blender… it results in a man/woman that worships and honors Jesus in all circumstances in their life.
So, no matter what kind of blender, fire, storm you find yourself in…know that Jesus is with you. Jesus “gets it” because HE himself experienced what you are going through as He hung on a cross. May you find yourself in worship today even while experiencing the ups and downs of life. May you know today that in God’s eyes, your faith is more precious than gold which is perishable and that nothing blesses Him more than to know that as life is shaken up, you await a revelation of Jesus in the midst of it.
Grace & Peace.
// Chris Lauri