Study #5 of 1 Peter – Set Your Hope

“13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

 Set your hope fully on the grace that is coming at the revelation of Christ. These are good words indeed. Let’s face it, what else can we set our hope on these days?
Can we put our hope in doctors? I know I, for one, have been really let down by many of the medical professionals from which I have sought help. I can’t set my hope in them. They are still learning too. They don’t know everything. They are oftentimes just as lost as we are. If I put my hope in doctors, I’d have given up a long time ago. I’m grateful for the doctors that do help me, but I don’t put my hope in them.
Can we place our hope in our health and strength? God forbid! I can’t depend on myself. Some days I can barely pull myself out of bed. I’m weak. I’m hurting. If I hope in my health, I’ve already lost the battle. I also want to declare here that we are not promised perfect health in the Bible. Jesus does not heal everyone at that moment or even on earth. If we were promised perfect health, Christians would never die. Ah, but sin entered in and with sin came sickness and decay and death. So we can’t “claim” health or “command” health. We can ask God humbly for healing and wait on Him. We can’t put our hope in health, but rather on the God who knows the very intricate workings of our body.
Can we set our hope on our relationships? Well that’s a tough one. I think many of us, who have experienced pain and suffering, have also experienced relationship struggles. Whether it’s in marriage or friendships or family relationships, sickness puts a strain on people and how they relate. We have to remember that people are sinners…WE ALL ARE. So our loved ones are sinners too. Our spouses are sinners. Our mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and children and “besties” and our pastors are all sinners too. (Catch that last one?) We can’t set our hope on people because people are imperfect sinners and we will all let each other down. We have to have grace on one another, forgive and work on mending relationships, but we can’t set our hope on them.
So what can we set our hope on? JESUS CHRIST and the glory and grace that is coming with Him at His revelation. Notice in verse 13 that it says the grace that “will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”? That’s talking about the great revelation. When Jesus comes back, everyone’s going to know about it. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Amen? That’s what’s coming.
So set your hope on what’s coming. Set your hope on Jesus Christ. No matter what happens to you, your circumstances, your illness, your pain, your suffering, financial struggles, divorce, abandonment… if you set your hope on Jesus you’ll never fail. He will never fail us, my friends.
Romans 12:12, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Psalm 39:7, ““And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.”
Psalm 71:14, “But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.”
Titus 3:7, “So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Praying your hope abounds today!!!
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