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A Hope That Cannot Be Killed

A Hope That Cannot Be Killed

by Josh Caudill

What does it mean, as we read in 1 Peter 1:3, for us to have a "living hope?" What does it mean when, in the next verse, we're told that this hope is in an inheritance which cannot perish?

In our lives, there are a lot of things that can give us hope, and there are a lot of things about which we can be hopeful. These are often very good things--things that are important to our lives, and even things that God desires in our lives. But what is the shelf life of the hope that we have in our relationships, or in our service, or in the work that we do? These things shoot up for a while like blades of grass, but they are perishable; they cannot sustain us.

But what if you could have hope in someone who faced death and overcame? What if victory over the very notion that our lives are perishable could be extended into your life and into your heart?

I want to pause a moment here and let us all consider this question as more than rhetorical. What would your life look like if you could have such a hope? How would you live daily? Would this hope be apparent to those around you?

I think it would. But I fear that I do not wake up daily in awe of this victory and this hope.

I fear that I have caused it to become mundane. And worse, I fear that those around me are convinced that I've found a way to "get my life together" by my own strength. Do they know that I'm sustained by an imperishable hope, of a promise of a heavenly inheritance?

I'm praying today that God will make me aware of the power of his hope in all of my interactions, and that my words and actions would make it crystal clear that He alone is the source of my life. I hope you'll join me.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!" -1 Peter 1:3

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill