In our summer small group series, we have been looking at key aspects of the Christian life, and it has been such a refreshing time of fellowship, sharing encouragement that is in God’s word. Last night we considered our relationship with God, looking at 1 Peter 1:8,
Though you have not seen him (Jesus Christ), 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.
Trust and love are two necessary elements in any meaningful relationship, which then produce joy. In this verse Peter highlights trust and love as essential in the believer’s relationship with Christ. And yet, like Peter, our trust and love can falter. Peter trusted the Lord, yet confusion, distraction, and fear weakened that trust (Matthew 16:22; 14:30). Peter loved the Lord, yet he disobediently denied him (Matthew 26:69-74).
And so, the question is, how can we grow in our faith in the Lord amid the distractions and worries of life? How can we grow in our love for the Lord, a true love expressed by obedience (John 14:15)? Peter goes on to tell us when he says, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” God’s word strengthens our faith and increases our love. And the result is fullness of joy.
So if like Peter, you find yourself confused, distracted, and fearful, with a weakened love for the Lord, run to Christ like Peter did for restoration (John 21:7). Ask the Lord to give you a hunger and thirst for his word. And as you daily take in God’s word, it will give you the grace and truth you need for a stronger faith and purer love that produces such inexpressible, glorious joy in your life.