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…” vs. 81 Peter 1:3-9
This letter is addressed to believers living in five Roman provinces in what is now the country of Turkey. Some had suffered alienation from families and persecution by authorities because they had become followers of Jesus. Even though they had never seen him they had grown to love him, and more than that, they believed in him and were experiencing an indescribable and glorious joy. We can easily identify with those feelings. None of us have ever seen Jesus either–we know him only from scripture or the testimony of others. And yet by faith, we have come to believe in him and find hope in his resurrection. We simply can’t overestimate the value of that faith. Against all reason and in the face of great skepticism, we continue to trust that in Christ we have new life now and forever. There is really no good explanation for the depth of faith that so many exhibit. Even when things don’t go our way and when suffering touches our families, by the grace of God we continue to trust and love Jesus. And what’s even more astounding, people of faith are among the most joyful we will ever know. And it has nothing to do with material wealth or gain! The joy of the faithful comes purely as a gift of God’s Holy Spirit, and it remains with them forever.
Thought for the Day: What triggers joy for me?