1 Peter 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of 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.”
Webster’s definition of hope is, “to expect with confidence.” Living in the world today we face unprecedented violence, global catastrophes, and hopelessness with every news report. However, God the Father promises to give us a living hope through Jesus Christ. This “living hope” is the certain expectation of His salvation in this world and from this world.
We have both the hope of overcoming every situation we face in this life and to one day be with Him forever in glory for all of eternity. Therefore, we shouldn’t lose our hope when we face all kinds of troubles in this world. Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Thus, we as God’s children can have full confidence in Jesus’ power to protect us and deliver us from all our troubles.
What kind of troubles are you facing in your life today- marriage troubles, money hardships, relationship problems, joblessness, or maybe inner fears and turmoil? Whatever you are facing today God promises to give you hope beyond the scope of your human limitations. God’s supernatural power is able to intervene in your natural circumstances and perform mighty deeds.
You do not have a hope or a wish like a lottery player, but you have a real living and active hope because your confident expectations as based on who God is- not on random chance! And our God is a good God- He will not disappoint you or let your hope be put to shame, Psalm 25:3. Therefore, ask Jesus to fill your heart today with hope in His plan for your life!
- Write down three things you are hoping for in this life.
- Search God’s Word in prayer and ask Him to give you hope in each area according to His Word.
- Ask God to fill your heart with hope in each area by His Holy Spirit.