1 Peter 1.3-9
On the day that Peter denied Christ three times, the Bible says that Jesus looked at him. Have you ever thought about how Jesus looked at Peter? Was it accusatory? Merciful? Surely not, “I told you so!” We do not know, but we do know that Peter went out and wept. He lost hope and even after seeing the resurrected Christ ended up just going back to his old life of fishing. Then Jesus restored him back to service.
Losing hope isn’t so difficult to understand. We feel a distance from God that is hard to overcome. We realize that life is so temporary. The best things we own will break down, wear out, be stolen, or let us down in some other way. We try really hard but often fail. People we love disappoint us. Life is just hard. Every day we are exposed to suffering, injustice, poverty and hunger. Those we elect to help us forget about us. The truth is everyone reading these words has been hurt, suffered losses, and have old wounds that won’t heal. Losing hope? Not hard to do.
Unless we listen to someone who lost hope once and rediscovered it in the presence of Jesus. Peter sees the struggles of life and points us in the right direction to restore hope. We all need hope. I encourage you to take a moment and read 1 Peter 1:3-9, especially in the NLT.
When we listen to Peter, we find out why hope is so important to us.
HOPE SEES CONNECTION (1 Peter 1:3). What hope really needs to keep going is the fuel of life. When we are hopeless we tend to forget our connection to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He experienced all of that to give us a new birth. Our hope is not alive or dead because of what happens to us in our life. Our hope is alive and eternal because HE is alive and eternal. We are connected to Him through our faith in Jesus as Risen Lord.
HOPE HAS NO EXPIRATION! (1Peter 1:4) . It is an eternal life that we have inherited from Christ. That promise is not temporary at all. While all the world has a temporary nature to it, the life that Christ gives is eternal. It is pure. There is nothing that can enter into it that can defile it or cause it to fade, rust or chip. It is reserved in a place where nothing can bring about destruction … heaven. As the NLT says, it is “beyond the reach of change and decay.“.
HOPE SEES ANTICIPATION (1 Peter 1:5-6). Peter’s focus is not so much on this life as it is on the promised eternal life to come. It is going to be revealed on the last day. But Peter also doesn’t ignore the truth that there are going to be some rugged roads ahead. “…Even though you have to endure many trials for a while.” The trials of fire can be extreme, but they cannot diminish God’s care and His work in our lives. God is using your trials to create something beautiful in your life. I’m not a believer that He is causing your troubles, but he can work within them to bring about blessings you couldn’t have anticipated! His power endures until the end!
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. ~1 Corinthians 13:13
So put your hope in Christ. Place your faith, your trust in Him. Peter encourages us …
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
Peter is not so much on having your best life now, as much as he is living your best to receive life THEN. Hope leads us to take care of the eternal things most of all. Our eternal salvation comes when we trust Christ and give ourselves to Him in the ways that He has asked us to.
Next time you’re feeling hopeless, reconnect with the eternal realities of God’s love for you, the indestructible power of hope, and the anticipation of seeing how God is working through your struggles to create something beautiful.
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