Reason for Hope!
Read 1 Peter 3:15–16
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
In order to give a reason for the hope we have, we must actually be hopeful! Are we? Do we act hopeful or are we sent into despair by every news report? Can we see beyond our circumstances or do we get stuck in the temporary? There are certainly enough things in the world and in simply being human that can compromise our hope. So how do we lift our eyes and keep our perspective long? Peter says: “in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.” When we consistently remind ourselves of Jesus’ sacrifice and supremacy, spend time cultivating our relationship with Him, and surrender our lives to Him, hope is the natural result. We are better able to bounce back from hard news and the trials we experience. Hope grows and drowns out despair. But this is a daily practice and one that we don’t simply fall into.
- In what areas of your life are you feeling a lack of hope? Or where do you sense you’ve lost a right perspective?
- What are some ways you can remind yourself of Jesus’ sacrifice and supremacy? What helps you grow in intimacy with Jesus? What practices guide you into a posture of surrender?
- What is God seeking to draw your attention to through today’s passage?
God, thank You for the hope I have in Jesus. Oh, how I can forget so regularly! Because I am eternally secure, I have nothing to fear and yet fear overtakes me. I have reason to hope and yet despair is always knocking at my door. Remind me—there is reason to hope! Jesus rose from the grave and death has no power. Jesus defeated sin and I can live in freedom. The Holy Spirit is in me, guiding and loving me throughout every day and every season. There is reason to hope! Amen.