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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 44:1-45:12 ESV, 1 Peter 1:1-12 ESV, Psalm 119:17-32 ESV, Proverbs 28:8-10 ESV

Daily Verse: “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8 ESV)

ANEKLALETOS (412): “With this word, the words can be found, but due to joy, they are overwhelmed and not spoken 1 Pet. 1:8.”[1]

Overwhelmed silence.

Peter understood the unspeakable joy journeying with Jesus brings to your life.  Peter’s affection ran deep after walking with Christ and witnessing His death and resurrection.  Experiencing Jesus’s overwhelming love will make you speechless.

Embracing Jesus into your life will bring you joy you can’t put into words.  In the worst circumstances, Christ’s presence gives peace we can’t understand.  In the good times and in the bad times, God never leaves our side.  But first, we must believe.

Directed faith. 

We all have faith, whether we think we do or not.  Everyone thinks the sun will rise and set but doesn’t know if it will.  We trust our cars to run correctly and get us where we want to go.  Sometimes we place our faith in doctors that they will cure us.  Other times we trust a bank teller to put our money in the correct account.  Faith means believing in things we can’t see; we do it without thinking.

Placing faith in Jesus challenges people because He’s not tangible. Spirituality lives outside the physical realm.  Trusting in something we can’t see becomes more challenging when we also don’t completely understand it and can’t put it into words.

God’s relationship with His children varies.  How I connect with God differs from how my husband does.  But we still worship the same God and experience the same joy.  Faith doesn’t come with all the answers; if it did, you would no longer call it faith.

Place your faith in Jesus and experience the inexpressible joy it brings.  Stop trying to find all the answers and just believe.  Dive into the scriptures and get to know the Master; you won’t regret it.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 25) Thomas Nelson

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