Joy Inexpressible. Peter does such a wonderful job of summarizing this topic for us and reminding us again of the inexpressible joy we have in Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has
begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled
and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept
by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in
the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9, NKJV
You rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
I hope these past few devotions on spiritual joy have been as encouraging to you as they have been to me. Peter does such a wonderful job of summarizing this topic for us and reminding us again of the inexpressible joy we have in Christ.
This joy has been given to us by God, not because we deserve or merit it in any way, but because He, in His abundant mercy, has provided it for us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Not only did we not earn it, but we can not do one thing to keep it! God has provided everything, and He has reserved it for us forever.
We are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Remember that as you go about life today. Our joy should not be diminished even as we go through the trials of life when we are tested by God. As we continue to trust in Christ, the genuineness of our faith, which is more precious than gold, will be found to praise, honor, and glorify Christ when He is revealed at the last day. This is the Christ whom we love, though we have not seen Him.
This does not mean that believers in Christ do not experience times of great sorrow or difficulty. Neither does it mean that we are not to grieve or mourn during such times. It does mean, however, that the comfort we have during such times is that our life if ordered by God, Himself. The Lord Jesus Christ carries our sorrow with us during such times. As a Good Shepherd, He comforts and cares for His people.
The result is that these times of great difficulty are followed by a peace that passes all understanding. The sun again shines in our hearts and lives and the great peace and joy we experience in Christ returns.
Pray today that you will live this day with complete joy knowing that you will receive the end of your faith--the salvation of your soul!