3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
When we are born again, our faith is like a house of straw which if the enemy of our souls would come to destroy us, it would be very easy for him to do so because our faith has not been strengthened in the Lord yet.
God allows tribulation, afflictions and troubles to come our way so He can train us to rely on His strength instead of ours and building up our faith in the process. Hard times forces us to put our faith into practice and depend solely on the Lord for help. The more we go through hard times, the more our faith gets an upgrade. What do you do when a storm knocks down your house? You build it stronger.
Don’t lose heart because of the affliction the Lord has allowed in your life. Jesus loves you very much even though you are suffering now. The end result of your suffering when it comes to its fulfillment would be glorifying God and for your benefit, a time of preparing you for a strong attack from Satan. God wants to build up your faith for the big storm ( strong demons) headed your way. Once your faith is strong enough for the attack and you have learned to completely rely on the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be a house that’s immovable.
The wolf (demon) in amazement says, “now that’s some strong faith.”
1 Peter 1:6-7
6 You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.