Read: James 1:2-4
Character qualities such as perseverance develop with time and are learned not in the classroom but in real life. As Paul the apostle said, “We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance” (Rom. 5:3). God knows the best way to build character, and He lets experience be the best teacher.
H. A. Ironside comments, “It is no evidence of God’s displeasure when His people are called upon to pass through great trials. If someone professes to have faith in the Lord, that person can be sure that his or her profession will be put to the test sooner or later. Alas, that we so frequently lose courage and become despondent in the hour of temptation, instead of realising that it is the very time when we should look up into the Father’s face with confidence, knowing that He is working out some purpose in us which could not be accomplished in any other way. We are called to consider it pure joy when we face trials. The trials of many kinds do not refer to our being tempted to sin, but rather as when God tempted Abraham, to the testing of our faith. The man or woman who learns to be submissive to whatever God permits glorifies Him who orders all things according to the counsel of His own will.”
Even though gold appears to be same after subjected to high temperatures, it is different. It is gold of a brighter and purer quality. Faith in the furnace is like gold in the fire. The heat serves to refine it, purify it, and strengthen it. It emerges with a brighter and purer quality. As the fire grows hotter, thank God that He values your faith in Him and that this test will be “found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:7).