Joy Ahead

Joy Ahead

Joy Ahead

There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. – 1 Peter 1:6

Trust is not easy. Which is why at corporate retreats, various group meetings and even the Boy Scouts preform “trust building activities.” In one such activity participants are put into pairs, and one person must lead their blindfolded partner through an obstacle course.

When it comes to life, trusting me to guide you is a lot like those trusting building activities. It’s like following someone down a darkened path. You may only be able to see a step ahead. You aren’t sure where the path is going, or how to make sense of where you’ve been. The struggles and disappoints you’ve faced, and especially the hard times, when grief and sadness overwhelm you make you hesitant to take that next step.

“If only…” you ask. “If I only I knew why…” “If only I could change what happened…” “If only I knew where this was going…”

Yet, all the answers in the world would not be enough to change the course of your future. I have a plan for your life, a really good plan. A plan that can take all the troubles and trails and redeem them. Turning them into something for the good of you and those around you.

I know this is hard to see right now. It’s hard for you to believe. Trust is not easy. But I give you my word, “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Spend time with me and get to know my love for you. As you do you’ll find that there is indeed joy ahead.

Catalyst for Spiritual Change

1 – Listen to Even When it Hurts by Hillsong. Let the words of the song encourage you to praise God even when there are difficult circumstances in your life.

2 – Read 1 Peter 1:6-7. What is the reward for enduring trials? Then read Romans 8:28. Ponder the meaning of these passages and ask God to help you truly understand it.

3 – Pray this prayer today: “God, if I am honest, I have trouble trusting you completely. I want to find the joy that comes from trusting in your plan for my life. Help me to have faith in what you have planned for my life. Increase my belief. Give me a calm assurance that your plan is a plan for good. Thank you for listening to my prayer. Amen.”

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