1 Peter 1:7
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
Many people in this life view money, gold, and riches to be more precious than any other thing. Some of them will do anything for the sake of wealth. Many people fall into the snare of wealth, and, as a result, they pierce themselves with much sorrow and drown their lives with hurtful lusts. But is it worth it to spend most of our time storing wealth here on earth? Is it a gain for us Christians?
The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:6 that “…godliness with contentment is great gain.” God indeed blesses His people, but He blesses us far more than with material blessings. He blesses us with guidance, provision, protection, and many more spiritual benefits than money cannot buy.
It is interesting to note that the apostle Peter wrote to Christians (who were persecuted during his time) that the trial of their faith is much more precious than of gold that perisheth. The word ‘perisheth’ is the key here to understand why the trials of our faith are much more precious than gold. We came here in this world with nothing, and we will also leave this world with nothing.
Trials refine us into the person that God wants us to be. If we accept trials with joy and trust in Jesus Christ, it produces fruit in us that can bring praise, honour, and glory to God. Hence, our pursuit in life should not be the things that are perishing, but the things that have eternal worth!