1 peter 1: 3-6
paul has been leading our family through really simple bible reading and devotional time right after dinner—we agreed that any time we had dinner together at home, we’d try to immediately afterwards do a quick 20-30 minute time of reading god’s word together and a time to share and pray—this has actually lasted for more than 3 months at our house which is good as we tend to so easily start things with great promise and then easily give up on it. but 1 peter was the first book we finished together in the beginning and several months prior to that, i also read it on my own. i just got back from a women’s conference where it was encouraged to read through 1 peter several times and i thought….no thanks, i’ve gotten through it twice in the past few months already. but still, this morning, actually felt parched for god’s word as i was struggling with some sinful feelings and decided to open up to 1 peter again from an encouragement from a friend, and BBAM, right in the first chapter, it was so encouraging. maybe this time of life right now is my 1 peter time.
“blessed be the God and father of our lord jesus christ! according to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of jesus christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. in this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perished though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of jesus christ.”
it’s so encouraging to know that our inheritance is being guarded by God’s power. any trials we may go through now is to ultimately result in praise and glory and honor.