1 Peter 1:3-9
“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” vss. 8-9
We believers are a curious lot. Although we never saw Jesus during his earthly sojourn, and even though we don’t now see him in the flesh, guided by the Spirit we continue to trust in his love and serve him with joy. That’s what faith does for us…and that’s why we hang on to it so tightly through our entire lives. As the book of Hebrews puts it, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” and it is undoubtedly our most precious possession. By faith we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus on Easter and by faith we celebrate our own resurrection every single morning. We who have been bought with a price, rejoice daily at the generosity of God’s grace and expansive forgiveness. That faith is never diminished or threatened by suffering or pain, but instead grows stronger in the face of adversity–much as steel is tempered by exposure to fire. Sometimes we might question why we believe while others don’t…and there’s really no good answer. All we can say is that faith is a magnificent blessing. It brings smiles to our faces and joy to our hearts, and we can scarcely ask for anything more!
Thought for the Day: What blessings does faith bring to me?