Peter is writing to Christians who are facing great struggles and suffering, but he reminds them that these trials are not their destination. They’re passing through. Joy is ahead. If they can just hold on.
The message is simple and clear – when Heaven breaks out, joy breaks out! Those who draw close to Jesus experienced great joy.
Jesus doesn’t offer us a bucket of happiness – that’s way too shallow for His aspirations for us.
Life is busy. With responsibilities, pressures and the challenges of juggling work, life and family it can feel like a struggle to fit in all the things we need to. But might the busy-ness of life be stealing something crucial from us – the joy of life? What role does joy have in helping us weather life’s storms and how do you find joy even in tough times? We’ll be taking a look at what the bible teaches us about joy – and how that can bring sunlight into our life even in rainy or stormy seasons.