1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV)
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…
There are a few methods for refining gold.
One way is to heat it to melting point, so that the impurities that cannot melt form a thick layer on the surface of the molten gold. When this ‘dross’ is removed, all that remains is pure liquid gold.
I believe Peter had this in mind when he referred to the testing of our faith. In fact, he says our faith is much more precious than the gold that is purified in this fashion.
When our faith is tested by the fires of trials and tribulations, it is refined and purified. The result is a genuineness of faith that could not be achieved any other way.
Will I allow God to purify my faith through tests, or will I avoid them?
Our faith is precious, and it will be even more so as we allow the fires to continue to test the genuineness of our faith in the days ahead.