Day 20 – Friday, December 27
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
This verse speaks to us as 21st century Christians today just as it did when Peter wrote to the 1st century Christians. Peter’s words in this verse can be tied back to Jesus’ own words in John 20:29 when He revealed himself and his nail-scarred hands in person to Thomas after the resurrection. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Paul reminds us in Romans 4:3 that Abraham believed God and his faith was credited to him as righteousness. Those who love, believe and place their trust in God through faith in Jesus Christ have joy inexpressible and glorious in their lives.
As “fairly young” seasoned adults, we have experienced this “inexpressible and glorious joy” in our lives during good times and difficult times. Our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ, that has saved us, and our trust and confidence in a God who loves us brings us this internal joy. Just as we have witnessed this joy in the lives of our parents, we now have the privilege to witness it in the lives of our young adult children. Our understanding of God’s Word is that it also teaches us to do our best to express this joy and glorify our God in our actions and our worship.
God, thank you for our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We thank you that you are always with us. Help us to testify daily of the inexpressible and glorious joy you give us.
Contributed by Bobby & Lynn Grogan