OUR HOPE IN TRIALS
1 Peter 1:6-9
“Rejoice always.... In everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:16, 18); “All things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28).
Hebrews 12:11 states plainly, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
1. JESUS IS OUR HOPE THROUGH OUR TRIALS (he went through them too)
2. WHEN WE GO THROUGH TRIALS IT REFINES OUR FAITH.
A. THE PURPOSE OF TRIALS IS TO REFINE FAITH.
B. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT TRIALS ARE TEMPORARY, PURPOSEFUL, AND UNDER GOD’S CONTROL.
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
3. OUR JOY IN TRIALS COMES FROM LOOKING TO JESUS
A. WE LOOK TO JESUS WITH FAITH.
B. WE LOOK TO JESUS WITH HOPE.
C. WE LOOK TO JESUS WITH LOVE.
Spend time alone with Him.
Come frequently to the Lord’s table.