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Day 9

Start with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)

Read Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 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.

Peter reminds us that the resurrection gives us a never-ending hope that will never fade or perish. It’s there forever. We may ask “why do we have to go through the sickness, pain or the sufferings we are facing?” They are there to prove the extraordinary value of our faith. These trials are made tolerable by our faith which results in praise, glory and honor to Jesus Christ.

Question to Ponder:
When have you seen your faith strengthen you in times of trouble?

Father in heaven,thank you for the salvation your son won for me. Help me to see my daily trials as opportunities to build my faith rather than hurdles to try and jump on my own. I praise you for the way you are working in my life. Keep me mindful of the hope of everlasting life that Jesus has obtained for me. Amen.

End with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)

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