1 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:
Matthew Henry Commentary:
All possessions here are stained with defects and failings; still something is wanting: fair houses have sad cares flying about the gilded and ceiled roofs; soft beds and full tables, are often with sick bodies and uneasy stomachs. …
Worldly possessions are uncertain and soon pass away, like the flowers and plants of the field.
That must be of the greatest worth, which is laid up in the highest and best place, in heaven. Happy are those whose hearts the Holy Spirit sets on this inheritance.
The Lord does not willingly afflict, yet his wise love often appoints sharp trials, to show his people their hearts, and to do them good at the latter end.
Gold does not increase by trial in the fire, it becomes less; but faith is made firm, and multiplied, by troubles and afflictions.
Gold must perish at last, and can only purchase perishing things, while the trial of faith will be found to praise, and honour, and glory.
Let this reconcile us to present afflictions.
Seek then to believe Christ’s excellence in himself, and his love to us; this will kindle such a fire in the heart as will make it rise up in a sacrifice of love to him.