An Inexpressible Joy

You love him even though you have
never seen him. Though you do not
see him now , you trust him; and
you rejoice with a glorious,
inexpressible joy.  1 Peter 1:8

A glorious inexpressible joy.  Yes, please, I want that kind of joy.  The apostle Peter is writing to a number of Roman provinces in what is Turkey today.   He is saying that these people who love God and trust Him even though they haven’t seen him are also rejoicing with a glorious inexpressible joy.   The next verse tells you what they are rejoicing about: The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9

If you stop to think about what this means, and you realize it is yours through grace, you will begin to feel the joy.   Eternal life means living with Jesus and reigning with Him. (2 Timothy 2:11-12)  It means seeing your loved ones that have passed on.   It means all your tears will be gone and your body will be replaced by a new immortal one. (Revelations 21:4)  It means being part of God’s rest (Hebrews 4:9) and living shielded by His love in peace. (Psalm 5:12)  Sounds worthy of inexpressible joy to me.

Of course, there is a little something we must do.   We must endure to the end.  The verses right before these says

So be truly glad.  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:6-7

We all know there are trials in life.  Frustrating things like locking our keys in the car, tragic things like being in a car accident or even losing a loved one.   The important thing is to keep hold of your faith.   As the old saying goes, God doesn’t promise that life will be easy or fair but he does promise it will be worth it.  And, that is if you remain faithful.   God will be there helping you get through your trials but quite often he doesn’t make them go away.  I pray that you will endure and that you will be honored with praise and glory when Jesus is revealed.  I pray that your life will be filled with joy even through the trials as you look forward to life with Jesus.

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