With Joy Unspeakable

Our family is truly on an adventure. Never before have we had so many major life changes in one year. And while it has been exciting, it has also been a major faith stretcher.

On Sundays, our pastor is teaching in 1 Peter. This passage spoke to my heart. And to our year…

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls.” ~ 1 Peter 1:6-9

We are to rejoice, no matter what season we are in. Having a hard time? Rejoice! God tells us this will only be “for a little while”. There is a set ending for trials. And remember, God doesn’t just put us in the furnace and then walk away. He walks through the fire with us, and then when it is time, we are delivered out of it, having our faith in Him strengthened and refined like precious gold. And may we then bring Him praise, glory and honor!

We are to rejoice, even though we cannot see Jesus or where He is leading us. Rejoice! Trials not only refine and strengthen our faith; they deepen our understanding of and love for Jesus! “…’Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’ ” ~ John 20:29b

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

When our faith is strengthened, and our love for Jesus deepened, we rejoice with “joy inexpressible” ~ in the King James, “joy unspeakable”. A joy that you cannot put into words. It bubbles through you and fills you with something you cannot describe. Once you have tasted this joy unspeakable, you will desire it always! 🙂

One last thought: trials are hard. Yes, we are called to rejoice and to trust in God through them. Yes, we know that God has promised to never abandon us (Hebrews 13:5), and that Jesus will be with us always, “even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). But sometimes, it is just… So. Hard.

During those times, cling to Jesus. And cry out to Him. PRAY.

“Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.” ~ Exodus 2:23-25

Remember, God orchestrates everything. When we are suffering, God has allowed that season of suffering to come into our lives. We may not understand, or ever be able to see why, but God knows. He hears, remembers, looks, and acknowledges us. He never turns away from us. Ever. God will answer your prayer. Hold tightly to Him. Walk with Him, by grace through faith in Jesus, even through the valley of the shadow of death. And out the other side.

And then, rejoice. With the joy unspeakable, promised to us when we trust Jesus as our Saviour. When we endure, with Him.

Rejoice in your salvation, from this trial, and for all eternity!

And bring Him glory!

“…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” ~ Psalm 30:5b

Joy unspeakable that won’t go away
Just enough strength to live for the day
So I never have to worry what tomorrow will bring
‘Cause my faith’s on solid rock and I’m counting on God
I am counting on I am counting on God
I am counting on I am counting on God
I am counting on I am counting on God
I am counting on I am counting on God

~ from the song “Counting on God” by Jared Anderson

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