Daily Living

Trials

Trials

Malachi 3:3 says; “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Ellen White comments on this verse in today’s devotion in Reflecting Christ by stating; “No cross, no crown. How can we be strong in the Lord without trial? To have physical strength, we must have exercise. To have strong faith, we must be placed in circumstances where our faith will be tried.”  “No cross no, crown” has dual meaning.  If Jesus did not die on the Cross, there would be no salvation for humanity.  Secondly, we must bear our own crosses or burdens of life that prepare us for heaven and to be the light of the gospel to others in the world today.  Trials are real and necessary.  Charles Spurgeon shares in today’s morning devotion that the cold of winter kills off the noxious insects and wipes out the raging diseases.  He compares the cold of winter to our trials in life that sharpen and grow our characters.  We must pray that God would give us strength to endure the trials that will grow us by His grace.