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Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-19

In the Hour of Trial



1.  People ask, “Why do good people suffer?” “Why does God allow it?”

2.  Jesus’s life was full of trials, Luke 22:28 (Heb. 2:18).

  a.  pĕirasmŏs: “a putting to proof, experience…by impl. adversity” (G3986).

  b.  pĕirazō: “endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline” (G3985).

  c.  pĕira: “a test, i.e., attempt, experience:-assaying, trial” (G3984).

3.  Christ assures protection and victory to His faithful in the hour of trial (Heb. 13:5-6).


I.  VARIOUS TYPES OF TRIALS WE FACE, James 1:2; 1 Pet. 1:6.

  A.  Trials of Suffering, 1 Pet. 4:12 (try, test).

  B.  Trials of Temptations, James 1:12-14; 2 Pet. 2:9.

  C.  Trials of Physical Illness (ailments), Gal. 4:14-15 (treat and trust God, 1 Tim. 5:23).

  D.  Trials of Persecution, Heb. 11:36-37; Acts 20:19-20 (remain humble, zealous, and courageous).

  E.  Trials of Judgment, Rev. 3:10 (cf. Isa. 24:4-6). Worldly fail the test while the faithful are rewarded (Rev. 3:11-13).



  A.  They Grieve Us, 1 Pet. 1:6 (distressed, NASB; Heaviness, sorrow).

  B.  They May Frighten Us, 1 Pet. 3:13-14 (Isa. 8:12-15); Phil. 1:28 (27).

  C.  They Train (discipline) Us, Heb. 12:4-6, 9-11 (although painful).

    1.  For greater faith in God’s grace, 2 Cor. 12:7-9.

    2.  For greater strength to endure, 2 Cor. 12:10.

  D.  They Purify Us, 1 Pet. 1:6-9.

    1.  To bear peaceable fruit of righteousness, Heb. 12:11.

    2.  To glorify God, 1 Pet. 4:15-16.

    3.  To lead us to heaven, Heb. 12:1-3.



  A.  Do Not Think it is Strange When They Happen, 1 Pet. 4:12.

      -They are not novel or unique to you; God’s people have trials (2 Tim. 3:12).

  B.  Rejoice to Partake of Christ’s Sufferings, 1 Pet. 4:13-14 (2:21).

  C.  Do Not be Ashamed, Remain Faithful, 1 Pet. 4:15-18.

  D.  Commit Your Life to God, 1 Pet. 4:19.

    1.  Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, so watch and pray, Matt. 26:41 (38-39); Heb. 4:15-16.

    2.  Endure the grief and trust God to judge righteously those who afflict you, 1 Pet. 2:19-23.

    3.  Accept the trial as a moment to purify your faith and look to your heavenly reward, 1 Pet. 1:6-9 (Col. 3:1-4); 2 Tim. 4:6-8.



1.  Trials trouble our souls, but with eyes of faith, we can look beyond the moment of grief to the eternal day and glorify the name of God, John 12:27-28.

2.  Faith overcomes the world and its trials, 1 John 5:4 (1 Pet. 1:7-9).



By: Joe R. Price

Posted March 30, 2022