Psalm 66:8 Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard,
9 who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.
10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
11 You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs;
12 you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. (NRSV)
Notice that, though the psalmist is praising God, he makes no claim that his life has been easy. He mentions that His people have been tested, tried as silver is tried (through fire for purification is how silver is tried), and has gone through the net (as though being nearly caught up in something), has had burdens on the back, and has been in submission to others, and been through fire and water, yet the Lord brought them through to a spacious place. This is like the New Testament teaching that those who follow Jesus will go through trials, but they are to rest confident that the Lord has prepared them a spacious home with Him forever.
Colossians 1:7 This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.
11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers--all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. (NRSV)
Meditation on the Psalm above should prepare one for deeper understanding of this passage from Colossians. We are to put forth every effort towards being faithful, praying, seeking spiritual wisdom and understanding. Why? In order to live our lives for the Lord and doing good works that bear fruit (helping to win others) as we grow in the knowledge of God.
We are to pray for strength. Why do we need strength? To endure everything with patience. If we expected life to be easy, why would we need endurance? And note also that we are not only to endure with patience, but also with joy. The joy comes from the faith that we have that spacious place prepared for us above. But we are so far from perfect. How could we expect such a glorious home above? Because the Lord has rescued us from the power of darkness by Christ on the cross and forgiven our sins which would prevent us finding that spacious place.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the very image of our God and Father Who would be invisible to us, except He revealed Himself to us in Jesus. In Jesus, all things were created, and it is in Him that all things are held together. Go look for your ‘God particle’ all you scientists. If you search with all your heart, instead of your microscopes, you may well find the Creator Who could never fit under a microscope, or even fully taken in by a telescope.