1 Peter 1:3-4

The one thing that all people share is the desire to be happy. We may seek happiness in different ways; money, career, relationships, possessions, etc, but at the end of the day we all seek to be happy. What to most people proves to be elusive though is something that brings ‘constant’ happiness. We may well feel ‘short term’ happiness with any number of things, but all too soon the realities of life; work, illness, loss, etc, kick in and rob us of our joy. The things that we founded our desire for happiness on, at times of pressure and stress, prove to be fragile foundations and crumble so easily.

The apostle Peter wrote to Christians who were being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. They were undergoing many hardships and yet Peter wrote about their joy! What was the reason for this joy that they were ‘filled with’ at such a difficult time of their lives? Peter put it like this: “For you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

For the Christian, the knowledge that through faith in Jesus, our sins are forgiven and that we have a place guaranteed in heaven, is the source of our joy. We may at times take our eyes off Jesus, but when we look to him again, the joy returns because Jesus is the solid foundation that our faith rests upon.