So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to 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.
This spoke particularly to me today. I have been dealing with more than a full plate lately. Taking care of my mom and step-dad and my dad has been a little trying for the last month and a half. All this on top of going to school and being a wife and an internship. It really is a lot for any one person to handle but I am not in this alone. I have a wonderful husband who is handling my being gone a lot like a trooper. Never complaining or putting any pressure on me. He’s awesome! Even more than my wonderful husband, I have a BIG and Gracious Heavenly Father who walks with me every step of the way. I know I could not do everything I am doing without Him. I would be a wreck if the Lord wasn’t so gracious. I have more than I can handle but I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13
1Peter 1:8-9 (NLT) You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for your trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
This verse struck me today. It amazes me…even though I have never seen Him as a person, I have still seen Him in people, in situations, in creation, and in action and YES I love Him and trust Him and YES it gives me GREAT joy.
“He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.