Babies grow by drinking milk—lots of it. They don’t take in one glass on Sunday and another the next Sunday. But imagine if a mother only fed her baby one day a week. What would happen to that baby? Many Christians are trying to make their way in the world like this.
In his first letter, the Apostle Peter says that, in the resurrection, we have a “living hope.” Hope is in short supply these days, and I’ve heard a lot of people bring up the word. But “hope” without any substance isn’t hope at all.
When the clouds of life obscure a ray—through disappointment or adversity or bereavement—God’s love will supply what we lack because even when the ray is hidden, the sun of his love remains.
Do you have a living hope that death can’t touch? A refuge that the challenges of life can’t overcome? A shelter that the storms of life can’t shake?
In his first letter to the church members scattered in exile, Peter urges believers to set our hope exclusively on what God has promised to us as our internal inheritance: that we will know Christ, be like Christ, and one day get to be with Christ in a place where there is no more pain and all sad things come untrue.
Before you came to Christ, your life aspirations arose from a wrong way of looking at the world, what the Apostle Peter calls the “desires of your former ignorance” (1 Peter 1:14 CSB). You thought, for instance, that romance was the key. But at some point, you realized it wasn’t quite as fulfilling as you’d hoped.