“In this you will 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 ESV)
We have all been through trials from time to time. In our household we have endured death, job loss, major surgery, mistreatment by others, etc. Those were very painful times, but on the other side of each of those trials, we came out stronger. God taught us something in each of those cases, and since things were scary, we clung to Him more. Through those trials we are building a testimony to God’s faithfulness in the bad stuff. He does not promise that we will have perfect lives, but He does promise that He will be with us through it all.
“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV)
The people of the New Testament walked with Jesus and saw Him in the flesh. They saw and believed. We only have His word. We believe it and then we “see” Him. We are blessed that we too can have salvation simply by believing what He did for us and that it is True. His Word will last forever.
“For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25a ESV)