Problems Prepare You for Eternity

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Sure, the troubles you’re experiencing now aren’t fun. But the Bible makes it clear they are good for you. They’ll make your faith stronger and your character godlier, and they’ll get you ready for future rewards.

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT).

We need more than positive thinking to survive in this world. We need hope.

There are five reasons we can have hope through Christ found in 1 Peter 1. The first four are these:

  1. God chose us before we chose him.
  2. God always treats us with grace and mercy.
  3. God has secured our future.
  4. God’s power will protect us.

Finally, we can have hope because God is preparing us for eternity.

He’s using everything in our lives — the good, the bad and the ugly — to do so. Once you understand this, life begins to make sense. You stop saying, “Lord, why is this happening?” because you know why: He’s preparing you for eternity.

The Bible says, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT).

Those verses describe three truths about problems that are the same today as they were in Peter’s day.

  • Problems are temporary. They won't last forever. But God is using those trials for his purposes.
  • Problems are necessary. They are an indispensable part of preparing you for Heaven.
  • Problems are varied. You'll experience trials of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of intensity.
  • Problems test your faith. You build muscles by testing them. The same is true with your faith.
  • Problems purify your motives. God is much more interested in your character than your comfort. He’ll use trials to refine your character.
  • Problems prepare you for your rewards. The trials you’re going through now don’t compare to the rewards of Heaven.

Sure, the troubles you’re experiencing now aren’t fun. But the Bible makes it clear they will produce something good: They’ll make your faith stronger.

That’s why you can have hope no matter what’s going on in your life right now.

Talk It Over

How have you seen God use troubles to make your faith stronger?

How can understanding the truths from today’s devotional help you live full of hope?

With whom can you share the message of this devotional?

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This devotional © 2017 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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