Having A Hope That Does Not Disappoint
1 Peter 1:6-7
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
God uses troubles to make our faith stronger. Everyone needs hope. Without it, life is reduced to surviving, but joy and peace in the midst of a chaotic and dangerous world requires hope. As believers our hope is not in the things of this world, but our hope is in Jesus Christ. The challenges we are going through right now are preparing us for eternity. These trials show that our faith is real and getting stronger. They also remind us that all our problems are temporary. The end of our struggles is in sight. So, no matter how varied our challenges are, we know what the testing of our faith produces.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Not lacking anything sounds pretty good. So we know that problems help purify our motivation, because God is more concerned with our character than our comfort. All the trials we are going through may be painful at times, but the finishing work of perseverance brings us to a place of being complete so we can experience the blessing of hope, no matter what we are going through.
14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through these scriptures?