" For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the JUST for the UNJUST, that HE might bring us to GOD..."1 Peter 3:18
As I have been going through a busy time in my life these past couple of months, I have been blessed to have a loving Savior and heavenly Father watching over me.
I have been dwelling much on the book of 1 Peter... where I've started memorizing a section of chapter 1. It's been so wonderful for me ... to be able to see past the trials and afflictions that we undergo here on earth... and be reminded to place my hope... in that which is eternal.
Yes, "...gird up the loins of your mind... " or prepare your mind for action, and " HOPE TO THE END for the GRACE that is to be brought at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (v.13).
1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
2. archaic a feeling of trust. synonyms~ expect, anticipate, look for, want...
I thought about what it means to have hope. Surely hope gives us the reason to wait patiently for a fulfillment of things to come... with glad anticipation.
-knowing that God keeps His promises,
-knowing He keeps His covenant towards us,
-knowing He is faithful to perfect that which concerns us.
Surely God's love poured forth in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ is what holds us and gives us a steadfast hope...
Only through Christ's merit can we ever have hope.
-not be weary in well doing,
-to consider afflictions as pure joy,
-that we not lose heart,
-that we might endure patiently.
"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast..."
Isn't it marvelous to know the love of God? How Christ suffered for us... so that we might be brought before the presence of the Father... clean, forgiven, holy and blameless!
Yes, so that our FAITH and HOPE might be in God.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
nor have entered into the heart of man
the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
Father, how thankful we are for the hope we've been given through the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your word that is life and truth, giving us hope for the eternal glory that we shall behold as we await the coming Jesus Christ in our lives. Marvelous are your ways and promises for us.
May you set your affections on things above... and wait patiently for His appearance.