The Candle of Hope/Monday-December 4

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)

New birth! Is there anything more exciting than the birth of a child? I can remember tiptoeing (it was actually more like trespassing) into the Labor & Delivery area when our first grandson was moments away from his first breath. My ear was tuned to the slightest baby’s cry and my eyes were scanning the area for security guards who might promptly escort me right out to the waiting room or worse! The sheer excitement and hope of hearing that sweet baby’s voice for the first time was overtaking my regular rule-following tendencies!

As believers and followers of Christ, we have been born into a living hope. We may not feel the new-grandma thrill every day but this living hope promises a security that has been purchased and is protected by God Himself. The paradox that we’ve been birthed because of Jesus’ death is overwhelming. It will not perish, spoil or fade or die. It’s reserved forever.

Our living hope will be fully realized when we see Jesus face-to-face. Either way, our hope will not disappoint because we have the love of God poured out within our hearts. If we choose to live in light of the hope we have in Christ instead of living in light of our circumstances, we can experience a little bit of heaven everyday.

Living It OutWhat circumstance(s) or belief(s) are you allowing to steal your hope? The opposite of hope is despair. Despair is evidence that hope stealers have crept in. Take a few moments today and jot down the most prevalent hopeless or despairing thought you have. Is there a Biblical truth that says differently? Use a different color ink and write truth over the lie you have believed. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help with this.

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