DAILY DEVOTION, AUGUST 4, 2021
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, (1 Peter 1:8).
We have never seen Jesus in the flesh. We saw a few days ago, however, that He does reveal Himself to those who believe in Him. We love Him even though we have never seen His physical appearance. We discover Jesus’ as we read about His wonderful words and deeds in the New Testament. As we read with an open mind, faith is born.
Peter says that faith produces results. When faith in Jesus is present, we are filled with joy that is difficult to put into words. It is a deep and abiding joy that other believers understand, even though what we feel is difficult to put into words.
What a joy it is to believe in Jesus! I wonder if our joy is any less than the joy experienced by His disciples who saw Him physically? Jesus once blessed Thomas because he saw the resurrected Lord and believed. Jesus then said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29). We are among those who have not seen Him, yet we believe. With faith comes an inexpressible joy, a glorious joy. Thanks be to God!
Thank You, Father, for Jesus and for the beautiful joy He brings to us. We look forward to the time when we shall see Him face to face in glory. In the meantime, please keep us in true faith unto everlasting life. In His name, we pray, Amen.