Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

1 Peter 1:3-9 NLT
[3] All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,

[4] and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

[5] And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

[6] So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must 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.

[8] You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

[9] The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

Reflection . . .

We are going to face trials and difficult times in this life! It’s inevitable! The key is how we respond to everything that comes our way. We can get overwhelmed, angry, greedy, and the list could go on!

Think of the situation you are in right now! What’s the difficulty you are facing?

Name it and describe it.

Now, pray and ask the Lord to be present in it and help you respond focusing on what He wants to do through that situation for His glory! That is what is being talked about in this passage. We have such a richness in what Christ has done for us that we can rely on God to bring about great and wonderful things through any circumstance, trial or difficulty we face!

This life is short, only through Jesus Christ will we be able to overcome all that is pressing in on us! We must respond to all that life brings our way with the power and grace of Jesus Christ. The reward for trusting Him is the salvation of our souls!