2. With Joy
We must place our hope in the life, death, and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Only then will we endure through the storms of this life.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:3-7, emphasis added)
We who have put our faith in Jesus Christ can indeed rejoice, though now for a little while we are grieved by various trials. Peter gives us permission to grieve the trials we face, but he also reminds us our time on earth is brief. Each hardship we experience is a mere blink of an eye when compared to eternity.
Can you imagine a life free from the sorrow, disease, and sin that plagues us? What about a life that continues on and on, forever, without a single trouble? Eternity feels foreign to us; it seems impossible at times, if we’re honest. But in the blink of an eye, eternal joy in the presence of God will be our reality.
Amidst the harsh valleys of this life, we have so many reasons to rejoice! Those who’ve been “born again” receive not only salvation, but also an incorruptible inheritance. This inheritance includes not just heaven, but more importantly, Jesus himself. Furthermore, we know everything we face is being used for our sanctification. None of our pain is wasted. And lastly, rejoicing is ours because we too will be raised to life.
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