By Ty Haguewood
I hate feeling hopeless. I hate seeing other people feel hopeless.
I recently went on a personal journey to try and understand hope on a deeper level. I wanted to figure out what hope was so I would know where to look. I stumbled upon this passage of scripture and it changed my life. I want to share with you four key lessons that I learned about hope from 1 Peter 1:3-4.
1. Hope comes from God.
“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,” (verse 3)
The hope we have now is a result of God’s mercy on us. We as believers need to understand the power of our hope. God caused us to be born again to this living hope because He chose mercy. Our hope was a very costly hope. Our hope was bought because God showed mercy on us by taking the payment for our sin on His Son, Jesus. It was through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that we have access to this living hope.
Let me put it this way: we do not possess an accidental hope. We have a hope that God designed for us; our hope is Jesus.
As believers, we must first see His mercy if we want to walk in His hope. We must first see that our hope comes from God.
2. Hope is alive.
“…born again to a living hope” (verse 3) The resurrection of Jesus is the reason for our hope. We hope in the One whom death could not hold. We believe in the One who stripped death of its power. We believe the One who could not be bound to the grave. We believe in Jesus; our living Savior.
You may feel broken.
You may feel hurting.
You may feel lost.
You may feel lonely.
You may feel discouraged.
You may feel heartbroken.
You may feel dead.
We may be surrounded by death but we are secured by the Author of Life This is why our hope is so powerful! Our hope is powerful because our hope is in Jesus. Our hope is living because our God is living.
3. Hope is eternal.
“…who by God’s power are being guarded through faith” (verse 4) Our hope is alive and guess what? It will always be alive!
Our hope is eternal. The God who purchased our hope is the God who secures our hope for eternity. We never have to worry about losing our hope or going a day without hope. Our God is the faithful guardian of our soul and He promises us hope through Christ Jesus. He promises us a living hope.
We have a hope that generations upon generations have trusted; a hope that has no expiration date.
4. We do not design hope for ourselves.
Can I confess something to you? I struggle with clinging to the hope God has for us. I struggle because I would rather take things into my own hands usually. I see a problem and I try to solve it myself. I feel hopeless so I try to fix it with temporary solutions. Have you ever been there?
Maybe if I try to be more positive.
Maybe if I ignore the bad stuff.
Maybe if I just try harder.
Maybe if I am more motivated.
Maybe if I achieve that goal.
Maybe If I dream bigger.
I always resort to these “Maybe if’s.” They are my sorry attempt to design hope for myself. We exhaust ourselves trying to design hope for ourselves when God never ended for us to do so.
God doesn’t call us to design hope for ourselves; He calls us to discover hope through Him. He designs and we discover!
What does that mean for our lives? It means that we can take a step back and finally breathe. We must simply press into God and allow Him to press hope onto us. We must simply trust and follow.
I pray that you would set your eyes on Jesus, our living hope.