Joy through the Trials
Posted: Wednesday, November 22
1 Peter 1:1-12
Verse of the day:
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 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)
How has this past year been for you? For some it has been a great year! It was a year of restored relationships, health, financial blessing and peace. For others it may have been a challenging year with financial hardships, strained relationships, a loss of a job, depression or anxiety, a loss of a loved one, or a discouraging doctor’s report. It can be hard to go into the holiday season when it’s been a tough year. It’s a season that should be full of thankfulness and joy but when the circumstances around us are grim the thought of it all can just be overwhelming.
If you are struggling to find your thankfulness and joy this week this devo is for you. Peter tells us, “There is wonderful joy ahead.” Just stop and read that over and over until it gets into your heart. There is wonderful joy ahead! No matter what you are facing God’s peace and joy can dwell within you. Peter goes on to explain that while we do endure many trials they only will last for a little while. To find the joy in our circumstances sometimes we have to zoom out and look at the big picture. Often we can get so wrapped up in what is currently going on that we lose sight that God has a big picture for our lives.
The trials that we face have purpose. When we serve God He is able to do what only He can do and that is to bring good out of the ugly, dark circumstances that we face. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We can find peace and joy in that promise.
Peter says that our trials will show that your faith is genuine. How we respond to trials shows how much we trust God. Do we get angry? Do we question His goodness? Do we let our circumstances consume us? Do we lean even more into Him? Do we trust Him?