Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation….Wherein ye greatly rejoice.
—1 Peter 1:5-6
The life of the normal, believing child of God can never become a life of gloom and pessimism. In every age we will have some people whose concept of Christianity is a kind of gloomy resignation to the inevitable. But it is the Holy Spirit who has promised the ability for the Christian to rejoice in God’s promises day by day….
Peter states it as a paradox: the obedient Christian greatly rejoices even in the midst of great heaviness, trials and suffering. God’s people know that things here are not all they ought to be, but they are not spending any time in worrying about it. They are too busy rejoicing in the gracious prospect of all that will take place when God fulfills all of His promises to His redeemed children! ICH158-159
Whatever else trouble is in the world for, it is here for this good purpose: to develop strength….Every day we are blessed with new opportunities for the development of strength of soul. JAS071
What harm can happen to him who knows that God does everything and who loves beforehand everything that God does? JAS070