How long has it been since you have been able to say, “I can hope in something.” Sadly, it is not uncommon for us to be in a position where our hopes have been dashed and broken to the point where we not only wonder what we can hope in, but we question if we even have the strength to hope even if there was something in which to hope. The vows we took on our wedding day which gave us the hope of “until death do us part” were destroyed when the court papers were filed for divorce. The investments we made in the hopes of a financially secure retirement failed because of change in the market or an unwise decision. The circumstances are many and varied, but the end result is the same. Our hopes are shattered to the point that we are not sure if we can muster the strength to hope again. If it has been a while since you have been able to have a sure and confident hope, then consider Peter’s words in his first epistle.
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, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (I Peter 1:3-7)
With these words, Peter is telling us that we can hope – boldly and confidently – because we have a living hope that is formed by the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus’ resurrection is more than just a happy ending to a sad story. It is God’s means which empowers us to hope again even if our hope is “grieved by various trials.” This is a hope that is not built on the things of this world which are corruptible and capable of causing the deepest of sorrows. This is a hope that is “imperishable, undefiled, kept in heaven” causing us to rejoice in the knowledge that our hope is “set fully on the grace” of Jesus. (I Peter 1:13)
Along Life's Way
Learning to live life as it’s meant to be. That’s what we strive to do here at Grace, to live under the cross in the new life that we have in Christ through His death and resurrection. The posts on this blog, grounded in God’s Word, will be offered as a source of encouragement, comfort and strength “along life’s way” to the end that we live lives of service in our homes, in our communities and in our congregations.
The author of this blog is the pastor of Grace, Andrew Green. He is a 2000 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and has served Grace since January 2002. He is married to Erica and has two children, Clara and John-August.