“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.”

1 Peter 1:3

Despair is rampant in our world. From global pandemics, race riots, and wars, to individual illnesses and broken relationships, hope often seems out of reach for many.

If anyone realizes the need for hope, it’s caregivers. I held tightly to hope as cancer sapped my husband’s strength. I clung to hope in the face of his terminal prognosis. And I relied on hope when continuing to care for him seemed impossible.

Depending on the translation, the word hope is found as many as 175 times in the Bible. Hope always begins with God. He offers us living hope secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Such hope helps to keep today’s troubles in perspective. Our experiences may cause despair, but God’s Holy Spirit reminds us to look beyond our present situation. This life is not all there is. Our temporary trials cannot destroy the hope we have for eternity. We have the promise of eternal life free from pain, suffering, sin, and temptation.

The world needs what God offers us in Christ. Share the reason for the hope you have.




Scripture Focus

1 Peter 1:3-25

Insight

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope.” (Romans 15:13)

Bible In A Year

  • Ezekiel 23-24
  • Psalm 142
  • 1 Thessalonians 1-2