Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy – 1 Peter 4:12-13.
Faith comes by hearing the Word but it is the same Word that attracts persecutions or trials. A believer’s trials are not something to be considered strange. Often as believers when we are faced with persecutions or trials, we begin to remind GOD that we serve Him, we’ve been faithful to Him, we pay our tithes, we attend every service, we pray every day and we read the Word, and demand to know why we are going through the trial when we are doing all the right things.
The Gospel is not a Gospel of avoidance (avoidance of trials), Jesus Himself tells us that if we want to be His disciples we should deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). The cross is a place of pain and death to self and if we be true followers of Christ, we all have our own cross to bear. The Message Bible says in Acts 14 verse 22b that “anyone signing up for the Kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times”. This is not to say GOD wants us to suffer, but these sufferings are there to refine and conform us to be more like our Master, Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us to be of good cheer for He has overcome the world (John 6:33b) and reassures us that it will be worth it. As we follow in His footsteps and are victorious, He will give us the right to sit with Him on His throne, just as He was victorious and sat down with the Father on His throne (Revelation 3:21). As a child of GOD you ought to welcome trials and not to consider them strange, trials are there to refine us to produce in us the character GOD requires (Malachi 3:3).
Sufferings are there to refine and conform us to be more like our Master, Jesus Christ