Today's Scripture | 1 Peter 4:12

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

No one who does anything worthwhile for God has traveled an easy road. Doing great things for God requires character, and character is developed by passing life’s tests and staying faithful to Him through trials. You can't live with one foot in the world and the other with God.

One reason God allows us to go through tests and trials is to show us weak areas in our lives. Until they are exposed, we cannot do anything about them. But once we see them, we can begin to face them and ask God to help us. God allows us to walk through difficult times so we will recognize our need for Him. Never be afraid of the truth, because it is the truth that makes us free (see John 8:32).

The next time you encounter some sort of test or trial, determine to believe it will work out for your good. Say to God, “I believe this is going to work out well for me. I don’t understand it all right now, but I believe You will use it for my ultimate good.”

A Prayer for You Today: Father God, I know You care about everything that concerns me, and You are always working for my good. Use the tests in my life to strengthen my character. Help me stay faithful, grow closer to You, and guide me to trust Your plan, amen.