April 19, 2013

Today you should read: 1 Peter 1:3-7

It’s a choice to rejoice.  Even in the face of fierce persecution and various trials, I can choose to rejoice.

Peter agrees.  In verses 6-7, he said:

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (NASB)

Why can followers of Christ rejoice even in fierce persecution and trials?  Verses 3-5 gives the answer:

  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who,
  • according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again
  • to a living hope (through the resurrection of Christ)
  • to obtain an inheritance
  • which is imperishable and undefiled
  • and will not fade away,
  • reserved in heaven for you,
  • who are protected by the power of God through faith
  • for a salvation ready to be revealed.

Rejoicing is all a matter of perspective.  I believe joy could be described as resting in the peace of knowing that God is in control regardless of the circumstances and recognizing that the best is yet to come.  When I have that perspective during trials and persecution, and realize that I have the hope of heaven in the future, as well as the hope of my faith being strengthened in the here and now, I can rejoice.

When I lived in Raleigh, NC, I heard a pastor say, “Suffering is inevitable, but misery is a choice.”  Just the same as I can choose to rejoice, I can choose misery in the face of trials. The choice that you and I will make is rooted in our perspective of who is in control and whether or not we have the hope that the best is yet to come while on earth and in regards to our eternity.

What’s going on in your life today?  I have no doubt that someone reading this is hurting in a way that others cannot understand.  Maybe someone reading this feels like there is a black cloud hovering above them.  Maybe you are even experiencing persecution for your faith.  I know what those situations and feelings are like, but I’ve found that I can turn to Scripture and find hope in the truths such as what is spoken of here in 1 Peter 1:3-7.

It really is a choice to rejoice.  Let’s choose wisely today.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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