“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9 New Living Translation
The Apostle Peter is more than likely referencing Thomas’ encounter with the risen Jesus from the Gospel of John. In chapter 20 v.29 Jesus tells Thomas and the disciples “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” So that statement would mean not only that the recipients of Peters letter were blessed for believing, but all believers since that time as well.
There is a phrase ‘Seeing is believing’, but that is not the case with followers of Christ. We are asked to believe in something we cannot see. Man relies heavily on his senses to recognize many things in this life, but a relationship with God doesn’t happen to be one of them. Peter uses the word ‘trust’ and that is exactly what God expects from his followers. We are not asked to understand, only to trust the written word of an unseen, yet infinite and all-powerful God.
Our reward for trusting in him shall be everlasting life. Those who refuse will spend eternity apart from God, for he only seeks those willing to pledge their allegiance to him voluntarily. You don’t have to serve God or even believe in him, but consequences result from every decision we make, so make sure you make the right choice. Living for God is a lifelong commitment that results in everlasting contentment and fulfillment. Living for yourself gives you finite, temporal results that shall fade away over time. Choose Christ and live. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.