Living Hope

in Heaven Hope New Life Pain/Suffering

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--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

During the time that this passage was written, the persecution of Christians under Nero's direction was raging in Rome. Peter knew that the persecution would be expanding throughout the Roman Empire. He wrote to encourage the believers to stand strong and also remind them that this earth is simply a layover on the journey home.

The life of the believer is a life of "living hope." Through God's great mercy we are saved and through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, the road to our heavenly home has been paved. The eternal inheritance that awaits us is "shielded by God's power." Unlike the shiny stuff that distracts us, it "can never perish, spoil or fade."

Normal life (whatever normal is) can lull us into a temporal focus. But the valleys of life (sickness, death, divorce, job loss, job stress, etc.) remind us that heaven is our home and causes us to long for the certainty of eternity. That's the message that Peter's readers needed to hear. Maybe that's the message you need to know today.

Father, the journey to heaven is fraught with distractions. Keep my eyes fixed on the certain eternal inheritance. As I watch things rust, rot, and disappear around me, thank you for the treasures that can never perish, spoil, or fade. In Jesus' name. Amen.