Sunday, November 9, 2014

1 Peter 1:3-6 -- On Hope and Horror Movies

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:"
1 Peter 1:3-6

This is cool.  I think that it places the heaviness and temptations in the proper context, almost as an afterthought. :)  Because yeah, sometimes things are tough, but that is *never* the point, right?  Never the focus, or what we should be looking at or worrying about.  The point is that God has so much in store, that he sent his son to give us hope, that we have a perfect inheritance waiting for us, and joy beyond imagining.  So, yeah, maybe we're in chapter 7 where things seem dark for a while.  But it's just chapter seven.  We *know* that with God the happy ending is there, waiting for us.  We just have to keep reading God's book, and sticking to his plot, rather than going it alone and twisting the novel into a horror movie. :)  Today, let's remember that the bad, stressful times are temporary, and not the point of it all.  Let's keep in touch with God, and let him guide us out of chapter 7 and into the happy ending he has promised.

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