“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
Peter is referring to his readers being “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…” (v. 3) when he tells them to “greatly rejoice.” They are obviously experiencing difficulties, but Peter tells them they can rejoice in the midst of it because of what Jesus has done for them.
He tells them their faith is more precious than the gold that is tested and purified through fire. The impurities of the gold must be burned away. That which is not truly gold does not remain and when the fire has finished its work, only pure gold is revealed. In the same way, the genuineness of their faith is being proved as they continue to follow Christ despite their hardships. Those who do not truly belong to Christ falter amidst crisis. But true believers stand firm and are merely refined in character. As a result, the testing will contribute greatly to one’s praise and glory and honor when Jesus is revealed.
Are you going through the furnace of testing? If so, ask God to use it to burn away all the impurities in your life so that you may come out as pure gold.