“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 perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-9 ESV)
The trials of life…
There are moments in my walk where I really just want to blame God, and be mad at Him; and, believe me, I try; but, deep down, I just know that it’s not God that I’m really mad at; it’s not anyone—it’s sin. I hate sin.
Sin, unfortunately, is everywhere. Our entire world is plagued by it, leaving us to be constantly exposed to it. Every day there is sin, and there will continue to be sin—and I’m not just talking about personal sin, but the effects of sin: death, sickness, disease, poverty, decay…
So what do we do with it? How do we deal with it, especially the parts that sting us the most?
Well, first, we start by recognizing sin for what it is—our choice to live apart from God, not God’s choice to live apart from us—and then we allow the truth of God’s hope, to root.
God’s redemption plan starts with sin—his hate for sin. He sees the sickness of the heart and the decay of the world that has come because of it. He sees the tears and the pain and the heartache of the day, and He’s grieved…
Did you read? He is grieved!
We are God’s creation, and He designed us to know Him and to live eternally, with Him, in perfection… not this broken, sin-filled world.
So God, in His great love for us, sent His Son—Jesus Christ—to reveal to us this truth of who He is, that He came to earth, in the flesh, to die for us on the cross, so that our belief in Him would restore us back to Himself, sealing us for the glorious day of redemption, when all things are made new.
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17 NIV)
In other words, no matter what happens in this life, we can know that God had, and has, intended for us something better—something greater!
We may suffer for a little while, but in light of the love of God, He speaks His assurance through His Son that, one day, these trials—sin—will be over, and there will be no more tears.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NIV)
Jesus is our hope. He is the only hope.
As you walk this life, remain reminded of what He has come to do, what He has redeemed you from, and what His blood means to you when the trials of this life, and the sin of this world, begin to take their toll. Whisper His name, and remember; this, too, will pass.
To God be the glory, our Hope and our Salvation.