Living on a farm, I remember times that my Dad would take a pail full of grain and pour it into another pail. The idea was to get all the little bits of weed, etc. out, making the original grain cleaner.
In the book, “What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life” by Brian Zahnd, it states that Jesus told Peter he would be “sifted as wheat. This is what happens in a trial. You are tossed into the air in the midst of a strong wind, and the flaky stuff in your life is blown away, but your geniune faith will bring you back to the ground.”
Jesus also told Peter that when he was tested, his faith would not fail. Peter failed in his courage and in his commitment, but his FAITH did not fail. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials” (James 1:2 – International Standard Version).
Author Zahnd also states, “untested faith is of little value. Faith that has been tested and refined in the furnace of affliction is the most precious possession a person can have.”
Zahnd also states that “we all ejoy telling our own stories of God’s deliverances, but without a test, there is no deliverance, no story, no testimony. Every glorious testimony that inspires the faith of others begins with a test.”
“Put your trust in the God who specializes in turning mourning into dancing and ashes into beauty. Faith never underestimates the potential of grace.”