Wrong day. Wrong chapter. Right message.

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I missed my little daily devotional reading yesterday. Today, I opened it to the wrong day. On top of that, I misread the suggested Scripture reading and went to the wrong chapter.

Wrong day. Wrong chapter. Not batting a thousand on my biblical reading commitment. Thank goodness!

The Scriptures I visited by mistake were exactly right for me. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:3-7 ESV

Nice! Encouraging. Yep, just the message I needed today.

I noticed my error when the commentary had nothing to do with the Scripture verses I just read. At first, I thought the devotional writer must have had an off day. But if I hadn’t been on the wrong day and in the wrong chapter, I wouldn’t have been as encouraged.

Two phrases popped out to me as if they were in bold:

“living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading”

I have a living hope! Jesus gave me a gift that will never end nor fade. The hope isn’t just an Easter thing. It’s the right message for my heart every single day.

“though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials”

Trials and challenges are a necessary part of my journey but they do not change the end game. Maybe you’re having a “wrong day” or maybe you’ve flipped to a chapter in your life that is a struggle. Here is the right message for you:

God loved you enough to give you a living hope beyond this day, a promise of eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ that cannot be shaken. The trials and challenges you face are only temporary. They will grow and mold you into the person God knows you can be. Trust God to have it all under control.