"In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials" (1 Peter 1:6).
"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..." It's the most famous line in the Declaration of Independence. It's often quoted and even misquoted in order to try to make a point. But notice something about it. It says that we have the right to life. There's great debate on that and what it means, but there it is written in the black & white. It also says that we have a right to be free. That, too, has been fought over since the day those words were penned, but we have made great strides in this nation to assure freedom to every American.
But, it's the next phrase that gets people mixed up and confused. We have the right to "pursue happiness." Dolly Parton, in the starring role as "Dr." Shirley Kinyon n the movie, Straight Talk, had this to say to a woman who was demanding her happiness in life. "The Declaration of Independence says you have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You don't even have a right to be happy, only to pursue it!" So it is in our lives. Happiness may not always be there every moment of every day, but we can still rejoice!!
For those that seek Christ as Lord and Savior, there are so many blessings and reasons to rejoice and to be looked forward to. There will, however, be times in the present that we will encounter seasons where it feels as though the weight of the world is on our shoulders. There will be days of sadness, heaviness, temptation, and trial. But, we must never get so focused on something as though it is permanent. God never intended it to be more than temporary. Peter was saying, "Live in the present, but do it with an eternal perspective."
The best days are before you, not behind you. As a follower of Jesus, you can know this for sure! No matter what you face today, or what faced you, you can know that you will spend eternity with Jesus; walking and dancing on streets of gold, forever worshiping Him. Because of this confidence you can have in that truth, you can live NOW and EACH DAY with a peace unexplainable. What you face is for NOW, but seeing Him face to face makes it all a little more bearable when you face "days like these."