Thursday, April 27, 2017
1 Peter 1:8 Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Resurrection power is revealed in and through Jesus’ followers. The first century of Christianity was filled with those who never had the opportunity to personally meet Jesus and yet, they grew in their faith. They loved Jesus without having ever seen him. It was in their faith journey that they grew in their love and discovered an indescribable joy. This relationship with Jesus transcended the things of the world and they lived in the glorious salvation of their souls.
There are days when my mind is filled with everything that is happening in my life. The reality is that there’s not a lot of joy in that. However, when I slow down and spend time in the word and quietly listening to the voice of God things seem to change. There is such a joy and peace in the presence of the Lord; a peace that transcends everything that we may have to be doing that day. We are drawn into that place of indescribable and glorious joy.
We don’t have the privilege of seeing Jesus, but we do have the blessing of knowing him. The indescribable joy that was experienced by the early followers of Jesus is available to us in the very same measure. The only thing inhibiting our experiencing indescribable and glorious joy is us! If we refuse to create space for this relationship with Jesus we will miss out on the joy that he has for us.
We do not see him, but we know him. The peace of the resurrected Christ transcends everything on our schedule today and we can journey rejoicing in indescribable joy.
Lord, thank you for the great joy of your holy presence. Amen.