On our way to lunch yesterday, I said to our guitarist, “Janet, there was one song in this morning’s worship that I couldn’t sing.” She knew immediately what song I was referring to because she also was not singing it!
I don’t remember the title of the song. Honestly, I don’t care. The English translation was:
Take me through the fire, take me through the rain
Take me through the testing, I’ll do anything
Test me, try me, prove me, refine me
Well, I know that trials are inevitable and that these are good for my faith. The apostle Peter said, “So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:7). Yes, trials are indispensable instruments in my lifelong journey toward Christlikeness. However, trials are painful. I am no masochist, and so I will not ask for pain to come my way. It’s perfectly fine if the Lord chooses some other day to test me.
My wife Dahl also did not sing the song. She whispered. “I think I have gone through so much testing already. I need a break. I will not ask for one now.” I feel the same way. I will not take the initiative in praying for trials to come. When trials come, and they will, I will ask for God’s grace to endure and to learn from them, and that I would be able to honor Christ in the process.
There were around 100 people in church yesterday. I wonder how many of them are going through testing now because they asked God to bring them through the fire?
How about you? Would you have sung that song?
Am I a wimp for refusing to sing the song? What do you think?
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