1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
When we were born again, we were born into hope.
Bible hope is not a vague feeling that something might happen; it is an earnest expectation with an outstretched neck, and a happy anticipation of good.
It is a peculiarity of mankind that we are unable to enjoy our daily experience if hope is not present. A person of hope can go through anything and not lose his mind. The thing that kills human beings is not their circumstances, it is hopelessness.
Hopeless people are not without hope – they are people whose hope has died. It is important to recognize what happened that killed our hope and where we left it buried.
Disappointments can be devastating. Past failures of every kind place pressure on our willingness to hope for success in the future. We can look fine on the outside but inside we are crushed; we become just a shell.
We have perfected pretence that all is well, but inside cynicism, or the fear of believing, has set in.
It is safe to be sceptical and negative; it costs us something to keep on believing when we have been standing for a long while but it still looks like we are stranded.
We have to recognize that it is impossible to opt out of believing something in life. If we don’t believe in healing, we believe in dying. If we don’t believe in winning we believe in losing. And all of us will eventually see what we believe.
When we love God, however, the greatest thing is that all things work together for our good. (Romans 8:28) An event that looks like a disaster can be the very thing that ushers in the next crucial step of God’s plan for our lives. We must not misinterpret the seasons that we go through, and allow circumstances to drain the life and the hope out of us.
Today I am praying for you that you can rise up again and still see the end of your faith despite the knocks and setbacks. May El-Shaddai be more than enough for you as you decide to trust again.