Have you given up hope? With recent storms that have ransacked Joplin, Missouri, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and on a smaller note, but much closer to me, Vilonia, Arkansas, I dare say that many find it hard to have hope.
After all, life can get ugly.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13
There is a command here, and the command is TO hope.
There IS hope.
Offten we speak of hope more like a “wish”, such as:
Oh, I hope it doesn’t rain on Saturday.
I hope my child grows into a responsible adult.
I hope the Chicago Cubs win a World Series in my lifetime.
This is not the hope that is commanded here. We are to hope, and it is a hope based upon truth. It’s a hope based upon the grace of God. There is hope because of the object of our hope – the grace of God. His grace is true. We can hope in it.
To a Christian it is no longer a pleasant dream, which may be all an
illusion… but it is a certain anticipation of certainties, the effect of
which will be increased energy and purity. – Alexander Maclaren, a 19th century English Baptist
There is hope. No matter how ugly things may get in our lives or the lives around us, there is hope because there is grace. Hope in His grace.