“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials” (1 Peter 1:6).
While writing of a forthcoming, eternal inheritance reserved in heaven (v.4), Peter now alludes to our current condition. It is one filled with brokenness, disappointment, grief, and all other forms of trial. Even so, we greatly rejoice because the reference point of our joy isn’t found in what is, but rather, what is to come. In the light of eternity, the pain of today is just a little while.