Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tested by Our Praise

"The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and a man is tested by his praise."

Proverbs 27:28

I spoke in my last post about ways to be proactive in our goals
to be fit vessels for the Lord. One of those ways is how we respond
to trials. I believe that there is a golden nugget of truth in this
passage that bumps our positive response to trials up a notch.:

"...a man is tested by his praise."

What in the world does that mean?

The writer of Hebrews said:

"Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name."
Hebrews 13:15

How are we tested by our praise?

1 Peter 1 gives us a great answer to that question:

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for
you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."
1 Peter 1:3-5

(That's the reason for our rejoicing. Hallelujah!)

"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes though it is 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

So we are tested by our praise in the midst of the
crucible and the furnace of trials.
And the result is praise and glory and honor.

Praise all around!

Praising God and thanking Him for His indescribable Word
that gives us strength for the tests,




What a wonderful inspiring message for all of us.


We were talking with the girls how God ordained even nature to praise Him. Even tornadoes and thunderstorms. I need to learn to be like the thunderstorm and praise Him in the midst of it.

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