So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. – 1 Peter 1:6 (NLT)
Life has lots of ups and downs. There are days when you feel like everything is going great and others when it feels like your entire world is collapsing around you. Life can be really strange that way.
Today’s Bible verse gives us hope in discouragement. It shows us that there is always joy ahead. We can always find joy when we focus our attention on Jesus. He gives us hope for each day. Through Jesus, we know that our future is secure. We know that He paid the price for sin, sickness and eternal death. Jesus is our reason for joy and hope.
That’s why in the middle of the trials that we face we can have joy. It’s not that we’re happy about the trial but rather we take comfort in our hope. We know that Jesus will see us through whatever we’re facing. That’s what gives us joy. Jesus has been there already and He helps us make it through another day.
So today regardless of what you’re facing, you can be encouraged. Jesus is your source of hope. Whether you’re experiencing one of life’s highs or one of the lows you can know that you have joy. It’s a joy that’s going to last because it’s based on what Jesus did and who we are in Him.