blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! according to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [1 peter 1:3]


do you have hope?

what do you put your hope in?

are you thankful for the hope you have?


most people who have been around the church enough or grew up in the church could probably provide some sunday school answers to those 3 questions. but what if we answered them honestly? if i’m being honest, there are more days than i’d like to admit that i would answer:

  1. not really
  2. myself
  3. not really


so far, this is a pretty uplifting start, right?

i think starting from a place of honesty with ourselves and with God is a great place to start. starting from a place of knowing that we need his forgiveness, strength, and ultimately, the hope of Jesus, is the foundation from which we can grow.

there are many days that i’m filled with anxiety more than hope. but, that is exactly why it’s so important for us to spend time with the Lord/in his word often.


when i forget the hope for the future that i have in Christ, here is the Word of God reminding me of what i have. every word in the bible is intentional and God inspired. peter didn’t write this verse because he thought it sounded nice, he wrote it because God inspired him to. God is using this verse today to remind us that no matter what we’re going through, no matter what today holds, and no matter how we feel about it, our hope is secure in him because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


friend, your eternal hope is secure.

and may we give thanks to God for the hope he has given us.


~ john sandman