Scripture Read: 1 Peter 1: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,  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;
Application: I wonder where I come down on this issue. Do I deal with my troubles in a way that brings Christ glory, or do I shame Him. Whenever I am put in the fire of testing do I see it only as a burden because that’s the way it feels or do I accept those feelings yet see beyond them and experience the opportunity they bring to bring Him glory? Lord I so desire to spend my life building that which really counts – faith, character, maturity. But I am such a man! God as I go through fire, help me to cling to you and watch you lead me through it. Help me to stand firm in you. Deliver me from using trouble as an excuse to sin. I am so weak Father – but I know what I desire to be deep inside. Watch over me and strengthen me.