Our Daily Journey with God
April 24, 2020
hope lives

Your faith — of greater worth than gold... may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. [1 Peter 1:3-9]

When unspeakable tragedy shatters people's lives, they search for answers. Recently, a mother who had lost a teenager said to me, "I can't figure it out. I don't know if I can believe anymore. I try, but God doesn't make sense to me. What does it all mean?" There are no easy answers to such big concerns. But for those who have trusted Christ, there is hope — whether we are basking in blessings or grinding through grief.

Peter spells this out in his first letter. In glowing terms, he praises God for our "new birth into a living hope" [1 Peter 1:3] through our salvation. That hope can bring joy even in the middle of tragedy. He also assures us of the permanence of this hope [v.4]. He then tells us of the heart breaking reality that we may "suffer grief in all kinds of trials" [v.6]. Those who have suffered loss turn hopeful hearts toward Peter's next words: These come so that your faith "may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed" [v.7].

Trials — seemingly random and inexplicable — can be seen differently in the light of these words In the midst of tragedy, the power and beauty of our salvation can shine through because our great Savior. And that may be just enough another day.

Lord, You assure us that the grand salvation You provided is proved genuine in our pain and that it leads to glory for You. Help us to begin each new day with renewed hope in You.

The light of salvation shines clearly even in the darkest night.

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