Going Deeper (9/18/22)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” - 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
Wow, what a power-packed three verses. If we as believers ever need a jumpstart to our joy and gratitude to our Savior, we can find it here!
What we also find is a crystal clear statement of where our hope lies.
It does not lie within us.
It is not found in the world or in other people.
Our hope is living and it is given to us by our good Heavenly Father through the sacrificial, mercy-extending love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is our hope for today and for eternity. And that hope is secure.
How will you respond to His great mercy which has secured our living hope?
Take some time today to reflect on how the Lord has had mercy over your soul and life. Then turn those into praises. Ask Jesus to fill your heart with joy and hope.
Further spiritual practice:
This week, plan to take a walk outside, even if it’s for five minutes. Take in some deep breaths and think about the gift of God’s salvation to you, one you could not earn. Praise Him for his great mercy, boundless grace, and living hope.
By Ellen Rosenberger