Hope in the Now
Written by: Glenndia Thompson
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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.
-1 Peter 1:3
1 Peter 1:3 is one of the most loved passages in Scripture. It is the beginning of a letter of hope. Our God is hope. It starts with a blessing to God then describes how He has blessed us in Christ. This Scripture focuses on praising our Heavenly Father while acknowledging Jesus Christ as our Lord. The most appropriate response to His mercy and love is praise. And it is the Father that provided mercy and love to us in sending and resurrecting our Lord, Christ Jesus, our Savior. As Christians, God gives us hope through our salvation by Jesus Christ. The ultimate salvation is when we will be rescued from this world into the presence of God.
Everyone needs hope. We tend to use the word hope in reference to an expectation. Something that we think might happen and would like to see happen, but are uncertain that it will. For example, I hope he shows up for our meeting. The Holy Bible, on the other hand, uses hope as a certainty, established beyond doubt. Our living hope is confirmed in John 20:29, which says, “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (ESV).
God gave us something we could never have purchased, and for that reason, we have definite hope. It was God that caused us to be born again into a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection proved that our living hope is not a fantasy. He died and showed Himself alive. Our hope is not a wish, it is as alive as He is! Our inheritance is secured forever. Even when suffering, we have every reason to rejoice. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow.
Bless God for His love, mercy, grace, and hope!
1. Think about the use of the word hope in your day. Are you speaking of an expected end?
2. Come up with a routine where you include praise more into your day. By doing this, let’s pray it becomes a habit.
Thank You for Your mercy and grace. It was Your love towards us that brought the most perfect gift so that we can be in Your presence for eternity. Thank You for our living hope. Our Lord is alive, and for that, we praise. We praise You, Father, for Your unending grace. You gave us something we could never have purchased or earned. Your mercies are endless and are new each morning. We lift our praise to You, our living Messiah, forevermore.
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