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, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 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. 8 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, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:3-9
I can recall it as though it was yesterday…the total elation and joy that filled my heart, lifted a weight from my shoulders and washed over me in waves of relief. No more need to worry. No more borrowing tomorrow’s trouble. No more trying to figure out how we would navigate the years ahead with the obstacles before us as a young family. The specifics are not as important as the sense of relief.
This is how I hear Peter speaking in these verses…“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” This is not a mere fleeting moment of elation that will too-quickly pass into the realm of life’s daily drudgery. This is an expression of joy and praise to God in the face of life’s drudgeries. The hope born in the hearts of believers is not fleeting nor fools-gold. This is a deeply-founded, well-tested, tried and true hope that withstands all comers…except maybe one.
The one who will thwart this hope is the one who fails to face the brutal facts or who dismisses this hope as happy talk and the thin veil of denial. Those who are willing to face the brutal facts and believe in the resurrection hope that Jesus has secured for us will not be disappointed. We may be challenged. We may consider giving up. But as we look beyond our light momentary afflictions of this world to the eternal weight of glory God promises us through faith in Jesus we will not be disappointed.
Blessed be to God – indeed!