I Peter 1:7 "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."
Every believer who lives godly will suffer persecution. II Timothy 3:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." I think this verse is easily understood.
In the text verse Peter is speaking of more than your average trial. None of us probably know much about fiery trials. We experience difficult trials but have we really experienced fiery trials? I Peter 4:12 "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:" These trials are the most difficult kind of trials but they are special trials.
We should not only survive fiery trials but we should thrive as a result of them. Each trial we go through (no matter how trying it is) is to try us and strengthen us...not destroy us. It is to drive us to the end of ourselves so we have nowhere else to turn but to the Lord.
Proverbs 27:21 "As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise." God is trying to get those things out of us that keep us from being like His Son. Religious people are not tried...but righteous people are. Once the trial is over we can look back and praise Him for not only bringing us through that trial but also what He taught us as we went through it.
The trials don't stop coming either. The absence of Satan's opposition should seem strange to the Christian. If you're not being troubled or tried...check up and make sure you are in the faith. If you are a child of God....you should be going into...be in the midst of...or just coming out of a trial.
I Peter 4:13 "But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." We should rejoice in it. We should rejoice that we have fellowship with Christ. I don't know what I'd do in the midst of my trials without the Lord to turn to for strength and help.
I Peter 4:14 "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified." We should be happy in the midst of that trial. If you're being troubled and bothered by Satan...you can know you're doing something right for the Lord. It's when he is leaving you alone that you need to be concerned.
I Peter 4:19 "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator." If we are going through a trial according to God's will then we can know that He will help us through that trial. God will not allow us to go through anything that He can't help us to get through.
So if you're going through a trial right now...and it seems to be a fiery one...trust Him!! Lean on Him!! And most importantly don't forsake Him!! He has not forsaken you if you are one of His. Hebrews 13:5 "...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." We have His promise!!