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[a] 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
Jesus Christ never promised his followers a life without problems. Instead, he warned that they would find afflictions in the world. But the warning came with the promise of trust Him, who has overcome the world. Trusting Jesus among multiple trials we have is a supreme act of faith. And when we maintain our confidence in Him, our faith is being tested in the same way as gold is tested: with fire, i.e. with much pain for us.
Someone can tell me: “Hey, Tony, how will I rejoice if I’m being afflicted?” I know the answer to the question is not so simple. It is difficult, in human terms, rejoice in the pain of illness, having lost their jobs, losing a loved one or break a relationship. I know because I have passed all these tests and I must admit that relying solely on my own humanity I’m not able to express joy at every one of those things.
What says 1 Peter 1: 6-9 seems to be contradictory, but look more Scripture says about in Nehemiah 8:10: Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Sadness is the opposite of joy. Therefore, if the joy that comes from God is our strength, sadness makes us weak. When we are in the midst of trials is absolutely necessary to keep us strong. That’s when we vehemently seek the joy of the Lord to overcome the weakness of sadness.
The Puerto Rican Christian singer Danny Berrios wrote a song that gives the key to maintaining faith in the midst of trial and feels the joy we need. The title of the song is “The Secret is Praise,” which reads: The Secret is praise in the trail; it is singing while you wait, it is to exalt who test your faith. And certainly, as our faith is put to the test fire of God, our response to Him should be praise and exaltation, rather than complain, regret and anger.
Continues the song: The secret is to laugh of your problem, it is giving thanks in the midst of the dilemma, it is singing a hymn of love. I remember a section of the magazine Reader’s Digest entitled “Laughter, the Best Medicine”; in which entertaining jokes that cause laughter as a form of therapy for problems arise. Laughter is part of the joy that the Lord gives us.
When we thank God and we sing, we are not only diverting our view of our adverse circumstances, but we are unleashing the power of our Heavenly Father to free us. That was well understood by Paul and Silas who raised a sacrifice of praise while in prison and they received their freedom. God bless you.