So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. ~ 1 Peter 1:6-7
Tests & trials. The Israelites endured 400 years of trials while they were slaves in Egypt. And they endured 40 years of testing while wandering in the desert. Jesus endured 40 days of testing while he fasted 40 days in the wilderness. And the next 40 days of Lent will be our time of testing. Many of us will fast and make sacrifices in an attempt to related to God. Every time we deny ourselves food or material pleasures, we empathize with Christ, who gave up everything for us.
During Lent, may your faith be tested! I pray you will find yourself trusting God for many things. I pray that as you deny yourselves certain luxuries, you will be reminded of treasures in heaven. But mostly, I pray that you will discover your faith is more precious than silver or gold.
Here’s to 40 days of winning in 2014!