1 Peter 1:8-9 “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, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Good day! I’m glad you’re back. Today is going to be a great day. I can feel it. This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. 

I wonder if you would say that out loud. Go ahead. “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 

Don’t you love how God meets with us in both space and time. We love to look back and look ahead, which are both helpful exercises. But did you know that God is most concerned with your response to Him today?

He wants to meet with us in His Word. 

How you holding up? Has this season gotten the better part of you? I wonder if, like me, you need to remind yourself that you’re not going to put your hope in circumstances, but you’re going to put your hope in Jesus.

I love the words in today’s verses from 1 Peter. Peter got to see Jesus. That makes me a bit jealous. I often wish we had some YouTube clips of Jesus’s live teaching. I would love to see Him even if it were only him dancing with his disciples on a TikTok video.

At the same time, we don’t have to see Him to love Him. The other day I was imagining what it would be like if Jesus walked into the room in the morning while I was sitting on my couch reading the Bible. I actually stood up and walked over and gave Him a huge air hug. I know that may sound a little weird, but I love to visualize the moment when I’ll see Him face to face. His eyes blazing like fire, His nail-pierced hands, Him enveloping me in His love. I doubt I’ll be able to stand very long in His presence. 

Friends, that day is coming. The Day of The LORD. He will return or we will go to Him!

In the meantime, we can still love Jesus with our whole being. We can live for Him with all that we are. Jesus said that it’s better that He go back to heaven because He would send His Holy Spirit to live in us and apply all that is His to our hearts and minds. 

Right now in this moment, He can fill you with an inexpressible joy that comes only from His presence. That filling with His presence gives you a hope that one day you will get to wrap your arms around The One who gave His life for you.

Today He wants to do life with you! He wants to walk with you. He rewards those who seek Him with everything they have and everything they are. 

Would you get down on your knees, maybe even lie face down before Him right now? Imagine that He’s right there in the room with you. Give him a hug, then bow down before Him, and ask Him to fill you with His joy. Ask Him to give you a heart to know Him.

The outcome of your faith in response to His faithfulness is the expectation of eternal life with Him. That eternal life is happening right now. Jesus is living water, the bread of life, the resurrection and the life. The source of HOPE. Let Him fill you right now.

Jesus, I love you! Fill me with the joy that comes from knowing you. I yield my life to you today. I choose to walk in friendship with you.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.