1 Peter 1:7 “..So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold..” (AMP) There are metals that can be polished to look like gold or mixed in with gold and if you are an unsuspecting, untrained buyer you may be tricked into paying a high price for something that is not pure gold. For something so precious and so expensive one cannot simply go shopping for gold blindly but must test what is presented to you to see if it is true, solid and genuine throughout. The best test for gold is the heat of fire. Our faith is like gold but much more precious so, like gold, it requires testing to prove its genuineness. Gold is tested with literal fire but our faith is tested with fiery trials. As fire burns away all that is fake while purifying the true gold in a similar way fiery trials burns away fake faith but purifies true faith. If we emerge from the fire cursing God this would be an indication that our faith was all fake but if we, like Job, emerge worshiping God it would be proof that our faith was genuine. Job lost everything in his test, even the children he loved dearly, yet look at Job’s response, “.. he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said: ‘ .... The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:20-22) Job’s faith was proven to be genuine, how is your faith handling the fire?