Tuesday – Our Only Hope

By George Volpe

“But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed.” I Peter 3:14

Self-preservation is a natural instinct in all living things. But in man’s case, more often than not, we take this principle beyond preservation. We accumulate to excess in so many ways and live primarily for our own benefit. We learn early on that we are our best cheerleaders, and most people are not willing to sacrifice for us. In fact, most people will politely ignore us. So, in order for us to live a life that will satisfy, we think we have to get busy satisfying our own desires. That’s our only hope—we think.

But even though there’s more than one thing wrong with that reasoning, the primary issue as I see it is that in spite of all the well-meaning attempts of those around us, we learn by their life not to hope in God, but in ourselves. We think it is our hard work that got us where we are. Or a lucky break. Or our intelligence, wisdom, strength, or whatever.

When our hope is horizontal, we have a hard time lifting our souls to God. Worship becomes difficult and insincere, and talking to God is something Bible characters did a long time ago. Sometimes we won’t even lift our voices in praise. Sacrifice is what you expect others to do for you. If you don’t care for yourself, who else will? No wonder there is so much trouble and unrest in the souls of people everywhere.

We move and breathe in a world we did not create. We had no part in creating our life, and yet here we are. We live as though this world always was, and it just happened. Wrong. We live in a miracle! Everything around us is the creation of God, the work of His wisdom and power. Everything, including us. Nothing would exist if God had not brought it about. And somehow, we still think our hope in life and in eternity rests in ourselves. That’s not even reasonable.

We need to take a long hard look at what we’re doing and where we’re headed. Never mind the words we’ve learned to say that sound so pious we all seem like pastoral assistants. The world has lost hope. That’s why so many are so ripe to lash out at anything. The world needs to know Jesus through our lives, our words, and our attitudes.

Our hope is and always will be in Jesus Christ. He is the author of life and all that we have. He is our provider, our strength, our healer, our comforter, and His will is the purpose for our lives now and in eternity.

Read 1 Peter 3.

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