Day 1

A Living Hope

from the 1 & 2 Peter reading plan

1 Peter 1:1-12, Exodus 24:3-8, Psalm 51:1-19

BY Erin Davis

I have sepia-toned memories of wearing a pillowcase veil, grabbing a handful of dandelions, and marching my scrawny, little-girl legs down a grassy aisle, pretending to be a bride. To six-year-old me, the wait for my real wedding seemed impossibly long, but that didn’t stop me from actively hoping the day would eventually come. Nearly forty years of hindsight reveals that the gap between the hope and the reality was itty bitty. All too soon, I’d traded in cotton for tulle and weeds for roses in the blink of an eye.

So it is with the promises of Christ. Here, in the first chapter of 1 Peter, the apostle reminds us of our “living hope” (v.3). He doesn’t leave us guessing about what we’re hoping for. Through the resurrection of Christ, we have gained: rebirth and a salvation ready to be revealed, as well as an imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance (vv.3–5).

Like a little girl trying to picture her future groom, these promises can look a little fuzzy around the edges. Yes, Christ has saved us, and He is changing us even now, but so much of our hope is in what’s been stored up for us in the future, or as Peter reminds us, what’s being “kept in heaven” for us (v.4).

We have a storehouse of hope. It is the ultimate trust fund, a hope chest full of the promises of God. While we have yet to see our God face to face, we’ve been given the gift of faith to believe in Him, know Him, and love Him now. And we “rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,” because even as we await His return, we are receiving the goal of [our] faith, the salvation of [our] souls” (vv.8–9).

Ours is a living and active hope in a living and active God, who has unfathomable blessings in store for His bride. And yet, there are days, lots of them, when our living hope seems to be doing little more than gathering dust. Peter alluded to this early on. We are the “chosen, living as exiles” (v.1). We are chosen, yet sometimes unpopular in this world, never quite at home here. Sometimes our very cells seem to groan for more.

When will we know what it’s like to be made new, fully shedding the broken version of ourselves? How long until the Lord shows His hand, demystifying the “salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”? (v.5). How much longer until we can open the hope chest to touch and feel our imperishable inheritance?

It will happen in the blink of an eye.

You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials (vv.5–6).

The gap between this present moment and future glory may seem impossibly large. Still we rejoice. Because we have a hope kept in heaven that can never be destroyed. One day we will trade in the suffering of these “various trials” for the many gifts God has tucked away for us.

It won’t be long now.

That is why, among the people of God, hope will always be alive and well.

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86 thoughts on "A Living Hope"

  1. Brianna Arciniega says:

    So much needed today!! I was crying literally just a few hours ago about the uncertainty for my future. God is so so good and gives us exactly what we need right when we need it!

  2. Amber Baxley says:

    This is so encouraging to me – any pain, any loss, any regret, any trial – will all be used to bring us closer to God and in the end, we receive an inheritance that is Imperishable, Undefiled, and Unfading. Wow.

  3. Amber Baxley says:

    This is so encouraging to me – any trial, any pain, any regret, any loss we have here on earth, will all be

  4. Kamaria Moody says:

    We have been given a LIVING hope! Amen!

  5. Belinda McIntosh says:

    We have a great and precious hope!

  6. Tea says:

    This was so helpful I feel stirred God is doing something amazing in my life.
    Praise the Lord

  7. Sydney says:

    I love how the Scripture says:
    “Concerning this salvation: the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you searched intently with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” -Ephesians 1:10-12

    I love this because not only do we get this amazing inheritance and salvation on account of our faith in Christ, but the men and women of faith that we read about in the Old Testament were looking for the grace that we have obtained. They “searched intently” for it, seeking it out in the most fervent ways, and God deemed it not worthy. Because His grace cannot be bought, it is not something that any act can earn. In the last verse it says “Even the angels long to look into these things”. Angels, the beings that are with God in Heaven want a piece of this grace that we are allotted because of God’s love and Jesus’s sacrifice. This is an awe-inspiring thought. One that makes me catch my breath in praise of the Holy One who loves me enough to grant me the inheritance that so many have looked and longed for.
    Praise God!

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