Rom 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Last week we looked at patience and how hard it is 1) to be patient, 2) to be patient and 3) to practice patience. We find, though, that in allowing God to work patience in our lives that something grand happens. As we work through temptations and tribulations, we gain something very practical. We get experience. This is not just a simple experiencing of an action that is outside of our self. This is dokimē dok-ee-may’
From the same as G1384; test (abstractly or concretely); by implication trustiness: – experience (-riment), proof, trial. Proving, in context here, our faith through trial, making our faith sure, making it concrete. Through temptation and trial our faith will have substance, a solidity that is not available in the world.
Why is it important that our faith be tested through patience so we gain experience? Why is experience necessary for a Godly life? These questions are a little bit hard to answer simply, but in essence, experience “proves” God for us. Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
For the believer, this is an important statement regarding belief and faith. Jesus points out to Thomas that his belief is based upon sight. He saw Jesus and then believed the report of the other Apostles that the week before Jesus had appeared to them. Jesus isn’t speaking of Thomas’ “belief” in Jesus, Jesus had obviously been, or even in Jesus’ works and miracles. Thomas had been witness to them. No, Jesus is speaking of that deeper, spiritual belief that we call “faith”. This is a case of “seeing is believing”, but how can we have strong faith without seeing”
I’m glad you asked! Peter tells us in his first epistle, written to a wide variety of believers throughout the world.
1Pe 1:7 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:
1Pe 1:8 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:
Here is the answer to my previous questions. The “trial of your faith…” Wow! These trials are very important to the believer, it seems. They are the vehicle of belief, of a strong and growing faith, a faith that is able to rejoice in troubles, to laugh at trials, in Christ of course, rather than being trampled by them.
As God allows patience to work in your life you get experience. You get answered prayers. That is experience. We learn that God will carry us through the death of a loved one. That is experience. We learn that in spite of worldly setbacks, God is ALWAYS there to aid, to comfort, to listen, to be a Father and an a friend. When was the last time you thanked God for these things, for the trials that strengthen your faith. Well then, how about right now?