Various Trials

 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials” (I Peter 1:6).

I Peter 1:6 builds upon what the Apostle Peter has already written in 1:3-5. What is Peter referring to when he writes, “In this you rejoice?” What is the “this” of which believers are personally and presently to be glad about, to be joyful, and to do so in their behavior, specifically with singing?

What believers are to rejoice in is the mercy of God, our new birth, and our living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1:3). We rejoice in an inheritance from God which is imperishable, undefiled and unfading which is kept in heaven for us (1:4). We rejoice in God’s powerful protection of each believer until Jesus Christ returns to earth (1:5).

The fundamental characteristic of all which we rejoice before God is that all of these blessings are eternal. God’s mercy is eternal. Our new birth is eternal (John 3:16). Our living hope is eternal. Every blessing we receive from God, through Christ, is eternal for it is grounded in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (I Corinthians 15).

Contrastingly, what we experience here on earth, the good, the bad and the occasional ugly, is temporal or temporary. The problems we face are temporary. Even the happiness people seek in and from this world is temporary. In other words, nothing in this world lasts. But the blessings from God do last. For eternity!

Take time today too consciously thank God for His mercy, your new birth in Christ, your salvation and God’s powerful protection of you and each and every believer. Read today Romans 8.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

One Reply to “Various Trials”

  1. Upon occasion, I think, unbelievers must have more courage…I truly wonder how unbelievers make it through each day. I do not wish to walk through this life without the direction, protection and correction of Jesus on a moment-by-moment basis. I’m kinda like the person that would not think of going out in the rain without an umbrella (and yet I never use one). On the other hand, when walking with Jesus, my level of consciousness about myself (which results in fear, anxiety, worry etc.) is clearly minimal, if at all…so, without Jesus this is what people live with. and act upon – the pain of fear, anxiety and worry, not courage. Oh, how freeing it is to walk with Jesus!!! Thank You Lord for your mercy and grace each and every day!
    Romans 8:34 Who then will condemn us? No one, for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

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