Theme: LOOK UNTO ME AND BE YE SAVED
Text: “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.
Comment: Though we are all born in sin, there are times when one is faced with what St. Peter calls “fiery trial” that would try one’s faith. The problems that afflict man today are many and varied, filling him with “labour and sorrow” such that it is even a miracle that people not only live up to the three score and ten years but also enjoy additional years of grace as stated in the Bible. (Psalm 90:10; Job 14:1,2; 5:6, 7) Apart from the troubles people have to contend with daily, the devil targets the children of God to make things unbearable for them.
The ‘fiery trial’ refers to the wave of turbulence the convert will experience in his personal life for identifying with the cause of truth and righteousness. These persecutions are from the devil who is determined to frighten the believer and compel him to doubt his faith and seek help from the demons who infest the earth. The believer should stand firm in his trust in God, Who is the confidence of the ends of the earth in that He is faithful and “will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13.