Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Patience: Monday January 18

1 Peter 1:3-7
"In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

This passage describes what we talked about on Sunday as "Redemptive Time". Peter calls our current state a "living hope" where, even though we experience many trials, our persistence in pursuit of our hope results in praise, glory and honor from God.

Do you view your life day to day as a living hope? Why or why not? If not, how would you sum up your view of your life and what makes that so?

Prayer: Pray that God tunes your view of life to a healthy and accurate view of your reality.

1 comment:

theo said...

Today on a news report from Haiti, I was touched by a woman found in a bank (after 6 days). Her first words to her husband were "I love you" and she sang praises to God about not fearing death as they carried her on a backboard out of the rubble. Her hope lasted beyond what most people would allow. I'm sure her emotions went from fear to hope, to anger, back to fear, maybe hope, on to grief, to resignation, acceptance and then back to hope when she heard the rescuers removing concrete above her. Her faith must have been so strong, and her hope in the Lord was great.