Those who are begotten to a new and spiritual life are begotten to a new and spiritual hope. . . . The hope of eternal life in a true Christian is a hope that keeps him alive, quickens him, supports him, and conducts him to heaven. Hope invigorates and spirits up the soul to action, to patience, to fortitude, and perseverance to the end.

From Matthew Henry’s “Commentary on the Whole Bible”

Living Hope

God’s Word says, “In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”1 Peter 1:3

There was a time when
we put our hope in ourselves:
we had hope because
we had talent
or money
or connections
or big dreams . . .

. . . until
our hope in ourselves
lived out its days and died:
our talent didn’t take us
where we thought it would;
money dried up or was useless;
connections went sour or south;
big dreams became daily routine . . .

. . . and then
at the end of ourselves
we found in one King
living hope that cannot die:
without hope in our talent,
we trust in His power;
without hope in our money,
we store treasures in heaven;
without hope in connections,
we love one another;
without hope in big dreams,
we wake to eternity.

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.

New Birth into a Living Hope

God’s Word says, “In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” — 1 Peter 1:3

It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them.

Charles Spurgeon

We are assured that God will make everything that has happened, and may yet happen, to us work together for our good. . . . God will see us through. Let us never forget to trust Him.

Henry Halley

All Things

God’s Word says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him”Romans 8:28

My God, my God,
why have I forsaken you?

O Father, why do I
shed hope and faith in you
for futile fear and worry
whenever trouble comes?

“My son, my child,
trust in Me as Jesus would;
you’ll see these tiny troubles
work for your greater good.”

“My son, my child,
hope in Me as Jesus would;
you’ll see this temporary strife
become eternal life.”

“My child, I promise:
trust in Me and in my Son
and all things, you will see,
work to bring you home to Me.”

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.