“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials so that the tested genuineness of your faith —more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:6-7).
The blessings we have from God, which Peter spoke of in 1:3-5, are eternal. This is in contrast to the problems believers face here on earth. These problems, or various trials, are only for a little while. That is to say they last for only a short or brief time.
Today, I want us to examine the two word phrase found in I Peter 1:6. It is the expression “if necessary.” What does Peter mean by this statement?
The verb “if necessary” is one word in the Greek (δεῖ; dei). It means that which must take place or that which is essential, needed, required, crucial or indispensable. The context in which Peter uses this word means that God sees that the various trials which grieve us are absolutely necessary for us as believers to experience.
While God never tempts us to sin (James 1:13-15) He does purpose, or sends, trials into our lives when He perceives them to be indispensable. Such was the case with Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 50:20). This refers to the providence of God.
There are some believers who recoil at the idea that God would ever be directly, or even indirectly, involved in sending His children trials. Yet Peter, and James (1:2-4), teach this important truth. Why would God do such a thing? Why would the Bible teach such a doctrine? We will answer that question when next we meet. Read today Genesis 50, James 1 and Romans 5.
Soli deo Gloria!