Thursday, November 01, 2012

There Is Wonderful Joy Ahead

Don't worry so much about the trials.


1 Peter 1:6-7 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to 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 5:6-7  So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Good news! True gladness and wonderful joy is possible for those that belong to God, notice that the gladness and joy are spoken of as happening now, you don't have to wait for them. Our circumstances don't have to change to have this joy and we don't have to go through life toughing it out until we get to heaven to experience it.

Everything that happens has a purpose, God uses everything for our good, when we forget this fact then we are tempted to fall into despair. We want to have the easy life but too much of easy living will not be good for our character and our faith will never grow unless it has an opportunity to be used. Don't be upset  by the trials that God is using to prove that your faith is for real.

Jesus didn't have the easy life.

Luke 6:22-23 What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. 23 When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.

The man that is our example on how to live to please God didn't have the easy life and he taught his followers that they shouldn't expect to have it any better. Jesus said that we will not be thought of when it's party time and we will be made fun of if we don't participate in the lifestyle of the unbelievers.

Look at the example of the apostles, they also said that they rejoiced that they were able to suffer for the name of Jesus, there are so many verses that teaches us that the apostles had a very different view of suffering than we have. (Acts 5:41, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, 1 Peter 4:13, James 1:2)

Nobody is thrilled about suffering but we can be glad and have joy because we know that God is working everything to his glory and we know that we will also receive "much praise and glory and honor" when Jesus returns.