Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)
Consider what joy we ought to enjoy for today. God knows our sins, our thoughts, and what we hide from others. He also knows our tendency to disobey and hurt him again and again. Still, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, God always welcomes us back into his presence. No wonder John declares: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). God wants us to have the joy of fellowship with him forever.
Now, consider our confidence for tomorrow. Scripture says that God made us, saved us, and teaches us. He also guides our paths each day and promises to lead us to his eternal home. What an awesome God.
Do you ever wonder if we are good enough for God? Well that is the whole point of his amazing grace. We are not good enough – not even close. Despite our failure and inability, we are simply invited to love him who first loved us, and to look forward to the time when he will call us to himself! What an incredible privilege! What an incredible God!
Dear Lord, please create a deep sense of our joy in your grace and give us confidence to face the future. Establish us in your love and lead us in your ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.