Joy and Trouble

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)

One of the most important lessons I have been learning from Peter’s description of the Christians he was writing to in 1 Peter is that they were full of joy even in the midst of the pain and suffering of oppression. It does not mean we never experience grief, anger, or frustration. The joy that Christ promises us exists in spite of those feelings. This is a very important acknowledgment that Peter makes. We need to know that joy is not going to come instead of hard times but will be there through hard times. What are some things you might be able to do to keep your eyes out for joy even when life is hard?


  1. Good question! I try to look at all the blessings He has given me, and take my mind off the problem. This takes some doing at first but once you practice it for a while, it comes naturally. Joy can be there even through the toughest times – I am living proof of that!

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