Wonderful Joy Ahead

There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. -1 Peter 1:6 NLT

Today is Saturday. The day between Good Friday and Easter. A day of shock, heartbreak, insecurity and unsurety for those who watched Jesus die on the cross. A fitting day to talk about enduring trials while we wait for that future joy. A day to remember what Paul wrote in Hebrews when he spoke of Christ enduring the cross because of future joy.

The hope of future joy gets me through a lot of dark days. Knowing I will one day be in the presence of God is a deeply joyous thought. Like Peter, I look at these "many trials" as something to be endured "for a little while". And while we wait for that day it is good to remember that we endure with joy. Joy is something to be experienced today.

Help us Lord, as we wait for that wonderful joy ahead, to experience the joy of your blessed presence today.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.

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