The Trial of the Innocent
You are a Christian having been converted, and are keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12. Yet you are tried, you are heavy with sorrows because of the manifold temptations that try you.
Peter in first Peter chapter one speaks of the heaviness or sorrow you experience because of your manifold temptations or the trial of your faith. But, the faith that is given you, that divine knowledge that is revealed to you is to establish trust in YHWH. Proverbs 22:17-19. So when you are assayed, it is to determine what you are made from, it is to examine you and determine if you are fitted for the kingdom of God. Both Zechariah and Malachi speak of a refining process that the church of God goes through. "And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God." Zechariah 13:9
"And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Malachi 3:3
In both passages the result of the church being assayed is to the glory of God as we continue to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
This brings glory to God as God alone in our experience; God is pleased and He will say, “It is my people” and they shall say” YHWH is my God”. Malachi says about the church that is tried and endured the trial, that they will offer offering in righteousness unto YHWH.
You need not be discouraged, Christ himself was heavy with manifold temptations, he was sorrowful, and like Christ when we become heavy with sorrow, we must pray to God and angels from heaven will appear unto us to strengthen us. Luke 22:43.
We are told the trial of our faith is more precious than gold which perisheth.
The experience gained through our trial will last a lifetime; it is for our benefit for it will equip us for greater trials ahead. Peter speaks of the benefits of the trial of our faith as well, showing the endurance thereof by keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Christ is evidence that we love God whom we cannot see.
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” 1 Peter 1:7-9. The trial of the innocent is to keep him innocent, in order for him to inherit the kingdom of God. Will you cause your trial to make you lose your innocence before God? Will I allow my trials to cause me to lose my innocence before God? Serious introspection has to be made; we have to consider what is of most value in our lives, whether YHWH God, our family, friends, or self or any other creation. I leave you with Christ’s words, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:32-39. Think on these things!
The name of the article came about after reading Job chapter 9.
Sis. Karima Paris