THE LIVING HOPE! “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,” (1 Peter 1:3 NIV). As we have noticed over the last few days Hope is a “favorable and confident expectation” or anticipation of good. It speaks of the unseen and the future and the belief that because of our relationship with Jesus and His indwelling Holy Spirit that good will result. This expected result of good is not dependent on ourselves, people, circumstances or things but on God Himself.
There is a contrast between the Living Hope of 1 Peter 1:3 and Dead Hope. Dead Hope is really NO HOPE at all. Dead Hope is hope that has been killed, quenched, buried and has no future. Dead hope is looking to the future with no expectations of a favorable result. Dead hope is looking for circumstances, people and things for favorable results. Dead hope is despair that sucks energy and wellbeing out of a person. Satan is the promoter of dead hope.
The Living Hope of 1 Peter 1:3 is a Hope founded in a Living God. It is a Hope that always expects a favorable outcome of any situation because of our Omnipotent, Omniscience, and Omnipresent God. Living Hope is a Hope that will grow, mature, and not be quenched because it is not dependent on people, circumstances or things. Living Hope is an “anchor for the soul” and a pathway for the future. Living Hope is alive, living, breathing, growing and spreading. Living Hope is true because it based on TRUTH…THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. Living Hope is energetic and while Dead Hope leads to despair, Living Hope provides an energy force to the future. The bottom line is this…we choose the Hope we will have in life and eternity. We can choose the Living Hope found in Jesus Christ or the Dead Hope of this world and the things it offers. ('Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).