These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is shown to you. -1 Peter 1:7 NCV
Do you not love the comparison of faith to gold? Like the shiny stuff, faith is beautiful. It is useful. It has varying levels of purity. It is purified by fire. And in the case of faith, the fire takes the form of trials that test our ability to believe when every part of us wants to doubt. There is something purifying about overcoming great trials and adversities.
Yet unlike many metaphors the comparison breaks down a bit. Pure 24 karat gold is not strong. Spiritual gold however becomes stronger with purification. In the end. Over many years of this of testing. Refined faith possesses such a depth of beauty and strength. We see this strong beauty in those who endure much hardship and persevere in believing.
Our desire Lord is to bring praise, honor and glory to you. Give us strength to persevere to a purer faith.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.