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1 Peter 1:6-8

 

So be truly glad.

There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.

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.

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

 

Faith is a necessity and one of the most difficult things for us to embrace as modern-day Christians.  We live in a computer society of WYSIWYG!  Faith is the complete opposite.  Faith is believing in what we can't see.   Who better to talk to us about this concept than Peter.  I love Peter so much.  He makes me feel much better about my constant questioning of God.  Peter always said the wrong things and gave the wrong answers, yet Jesus picked him to lead His church.  Even when Peter's faith faltered through the trails he was experiencing, Jesus strengthened Peter's resolve.  Let's spend some time learning from our Scripture today.  Trials are good!  Yes, I said that out loud.  Trials of this world test our faith in God.  They make us stronger and endear us with Jesus.  Our Scripture tells us that we love Him and haven't seen Him, so imagine what will happen when He is revealed to us!  I can remember that all of my childhood, my Dad's favorite phrase was "the Lord will provide!"  As a teenager, I often became annoyed listening to Dad say that.  Then, I grew up!  The Lord does provide for everything we need.  He also provides many of our wants, even though that is not what He promised.  The next time you are discouraged or disappointed, use your faith to move mountains.  Let God move through your faith.  Let God conquer all the demons that try to attack us daily.  If you look through God's eyes in faith, you will have a new revelation which ironically is also WYSIWYG!