“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”
1 Peter 1:6 NLT
The world we live in is ultimately headed for destruction. We see it everyday in the happenings of the world. There are wars and rumours of wars, hatred, killings, sickness and the rest. All these are only a fulfilment of what has been prophesied (Matthew 24: 6-14)
In the midst of all this, it’s easy to forget that this is not the end for the believer. Peter, in his letter to believers facing persecution, does well to remind them saying, “and we have a priceless inheritance, an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” – 1 Peter 1:4 NLT
This, brethren, is the source of our joy. Jesus put it a different way in His sermon on the mount.
He said, “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11 -12 CSB
In the midst of trials and tribulations, what makes our response different from the world’s is knowing that there is a reward for us in heaven.
We know that a time will come when this world will fade away and there will be no more death, pain and tears. (Revelation 21:4)
So we endure this world by setting our sights on heaven. We plant our hope in the glorious joy to come!
Although we experience miracles here and now through the healing of the sick, supernatural intervention, and even the raising of the dead, we must remember that the fullness of our joy rests in being reunited with the object of our love – Christ. (Colossians 1:27)
Let this hope fuel your everyday living. Let the joy of being joined to Christ stir up joy in you.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 CSB
Setting your mind on the joy of tomorrow can and will produce joy today. No matter what you are going through, beloved, your tomorrow is set in stone. Rejoice in this!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 21:1-19, Hebrews 2:1-9, Proverbs 19:15-29, Isaiah 6-8