The Wonderful World Of Color
God created a beautiful world filled with colors. The blue sky, green forests, dazzling white snow, red roses, colorful rainbows, the flashing lightning against a black sky, and multicolored fields of wild flowers are a visual feast to the eye.
Color influences how we see the world and we often describe our emotions using colors. We might be “green with envy”, “blue with sadness”, or “have black depression”. We can be “scared yellow” or “seeing red” because of anger.” When a person is without hope the “world is colorless.”
Even the darkness of outer space is punctuated with color. Hot stars are white or blue, whereas cooler stars appear to have orange or red hues. Pictures taken by the Hubble Telescope show a breathtaking spectrum of beautiful colors among the stars and clusters of galaxies.
Our eyes are designed by God to detect many and varied shades of color. Estimates vary widely among vision experts, but we are able to detect between 2.5 million and 10 million different colors. The newest computer tablets compete in their claims to present “16 million colors and crystal clear resolution.” For example, Apple says that its new “Retina display has over 3.1 million pixels — a million more than an HDTV. So photos and videos show incredible detail and text is razor sharp.”
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Our Multicolored Spiritual World
In the letter of First Peter, the Apostle Peter takes a cue from the colors of God’s creation and twice uses a Greek word which can be translated “many colored” or “various colors” to describe an important spiritual truth.
The Color Of 1 Peter 1:6
The first “colorful” word is found in 1 Peter 1:6, where Peter says that Christians “have been grieved by various [multicolored] trials.”
Peter used the phrase “multicolored trials” to remind you that troubles, testing, and trials can take many forms in life. Each Christian has their own “color palette” of difficulties that is unique to them. These trials can be temptations from Satan and are “many colored” because Satan has a wide arsenal of attractions that lure us to sin. These are described as “various” or “multicolored” because of their diversity. You may be tempted in one area today and another area tomorrow. You may face the same temptation day after day, but it may come in a different “color” or package.
Though Satan intends these multicolored troubles to harm us, God allows them because they can bring three blessed results according to 1 Peter 1:7.
• Our faith is refined and purified, just as gold is refined by fire
• Our faith is proved genuine by testing
• Our proven faith results in praise, glory, and honor to our Savior Jesus.
The Color of 1 Peter 4:10
To complete the color analogy of the Christian life Peter uses the word “various” or “multicolored” for the second time to complete the picture that he is painting. In 1 Peter 4:10 he reminds us that every Christian receives “God’s grace in its various [multicolored] forms.”
In this verse it is God’s grace that is multicolored, presenting many beautiful hues and attractive colors to us. God’s grace is his freely given supply for our personal needs. God gives us “his grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). The lesson is that God provides the grace you need for your unique problem, each time distinct in “color”, but perfectly matching your need. His grace is as varied as the colors of a rainbow.
When you are stressed by temptation, by weakness, or a trial in life, take heart in the certainty that God provides grace that matches your need. Multicolored trials need multicolored grace.
Putting It All Together
Let’s put 1 Peter 1:6 “multicolored trials” together with 1 Peter 4:10 “multicolored grace.”
Look at your two hands for a living illustration of Peter’s life lesson to you. Your two hands are identical in shape but opposite in appearance.
On one hand, let the five fingers, all so different in character, from the thumb to the little finger, stand for the multicolored trials and testing of life.
On your other hand, let the five digits stand for the multicolored grace of God. Now put the right hand over the left, and observe how the fingers of the grace hand exactly correspond to those of the trials hand. (Guy King, Colossians, His Kind Regard, Christian Literature Crusade)
Peter reminds us that whatever need you have in your life, and they are many and multicolored, so God has provided the multiple spectrum of color of His grace for you.
By faith, claim the promise of 1 Peter 4:10 and ask God to give you the exact shade of grace that you need at this time of your life. The God who created the wonderful spectrum of colors in our world can certainly match a pigment of His amazing grace to meet the dark shade of trouble that has overcome you.