Re: Why tribulation?
Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
9 Believers who are[b] poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong,[c] and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.[d] He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.[e] 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.[f]
I add this concept. Ever wonder why Paul said this? Romans 5:3
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
9.1 Peter 1:6
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
1 Peter 1:5-7 (in Context) 1 Peter 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
10.1 Peter 1:7
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. 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.
It will be hard, harder than anything we have ever known, and yet we are told it is an opportunity for faith. (Not works, but faith. Although when faith is a part of your life, it produces fruit which is the evidence of your faith).
I think of the stories I have heard of christians during the time of the Romans, when they would rather die a horrrible death than deny Yeshua as their Messiah.
I have noticed people saying now a days that they would deny Jesus and repent later just to save their lives. But this is not what we are asked to do, we should be willing to die to this world and life, why because we want to be part of the world to come. And to have Jesus claim us as His own.
Just a few of my thoughts.
"Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!"