You rejoice in this salvation, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Of all the hopes we enjoy in this present life, our final hope is in the return of Jesus Christ. We look forward to the day when the trials of this present age will be over, and we will inherit a great reward. Because we have this hope, our current troubles do not cause us to lose heart, but instead, are the very means by which God refines our faith. Those who hope in Christ, therefore, take a very different view of the difficulties of this life. We realize that they are purposeful, and so we are not crushed by them, but by the power of the faith God gives us, we overcome.
Here we see also that faith and hope are not independent powers but are woven together. Faith enables us to trust in the word of God regarding our present circumstances. Hope looks forward to the final result of our continued faith and sees the great reward in store for us at the return of our Lord. These two powers, working together, secure for us a glorious future in the kingdom yet to come.
Lord Jesus Christ, set within my heart the hope of your return. Let this hope fuel my faith so that I do not become weary with my current struggles. Let me see beyond the present moment to the coming day of great reward for all those who trust in you.