6/6/2017 – Tom Chang

1 Peter 1:6-7

It’s funny how the older you get the more you begin to enjoy places like Costco. Because not only do they have great prices on things we need but the giant wholesale store sets up all these delicious sample stations where people can try and eat things for free. Now I must admit, as much as I love the free samples, for the longest time I thought it was the silliest business model. Because why would people buy a product if they can just get it for free? And the answer I’ve come to realize is, it’s through these free trials/samples that, companies are hoping people will taste and see that their products are really good. In the same way, some of us may be going through hard times with friends at school, coworkers at our office, or maybe with members with our family and we’re just left confused asking “Why God, Why?!” And although the Lord doesn’t always reveal His will to us, still,Scripture tells us“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.” That is, just like the samples/trials that Costco gives out for free, as difficult as our situation may seem it reveals the truth about our faith and how true our Savior is! You see, it’s really hard to gauge things when everything is going smoothly. But it’s during the tough times that exposes who we really are and who we can really trust. Thus Gracepoint, although difficulties tend to bring us down, as the opening words tell us“let us rejoice!” Because it’s through these experiences that our faith will be refined and reveal to us and point for us the only true savior who we can trust!

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