A Living Hope for Today
By: Pastor Jim Schoon
Key Passage: 1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
Our passage for today comes from Peter’s first letter to the church. It is the
beginning of a time of persecution for Christians, and Peter wanted to give some
comfort and encouragement to his brothers and sisters in Christ. In I Peter 1:3, the
hope he gives to the early church is part of our lives today.
In looking at the life situation of the early church, Peter begins with God, not the
human condition nor his personal situation. While he recognizes the gravity of the
challenges faced by the church and himself, he does not fixate on those challenges,
but he first looks to God and praises Him for what He has done. In our life today,
as we are faced with a myriad of challenges, it is imperative that we also look first
to God rather than our personal situation. Focusing on God will remind us of what
He has done in the past and give us hope for today. When we look at God, we are
focusing on who is in charge, and who has the power to meet our needs…and we
draw great strength from Him.
Peter is also reminding us that the hope of the Christ-follower is not dependent on
environment or circumstances. This is true because hope has come by the mercy of
God and is anchored in the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This “living hope” is
dynamic, vital, and alive, and transcends environment or circumstances. It enables
us to work through difficulties and challenges as we assimilate this hope into our
Peter was able to communicate these truths because his own life had been turned
from tragedy to triumph because of the resurrection. As Jesus had given him hope
for his future, Peter shared this truth with the early church…and shares it with us
today. As you face life today, hold this wonderful truth close to your heart!
Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, thank you for the words from the heart
of Peter which remind me of the difference you make in my life. Thank you for
the comfort and encouragement you give me of a “living hope” experienced
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. May this hope permeate my life walking
toward you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.