by Barry Newton
We can overcome incredible obstacles and difficulties with hope. For those whose parched souls are thirsty for a reason to press on, Peter pours a giant jug of hope.
From his very first words in 1 Peter, his pen unveils a world where we discover hope and solace in our God’s work. We discover we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
Christianity is not just some haphazard afterthought of God; rather we have been swept up into a stream whose journey empties out into a heavenly inheritance and whose very course God intended and created. While Peter acknowledges our need to respond to God’s call (1 Peter 1:15), Peter’s intention is to rivet our focus upon what God has accomplished for us.
The story begins before the foundation of the world when God determined the role Christ’s blood would play (1 Peter 1:20,2). God intended to transplant people into his godly stream carrying them along toward a heavenly inheritance. To be a traveler is to be among those chosen to receive the promised goal.
Furthermore, not only does God guard this future inheritance from dissipating, God protects those journeying toward the goal through their faith. Accordingly faith is of the highest value for the traveler.
And so, if we feel like we do not fit in with the flow of society, we should not be surprised. As a result of what God has done and is doing, we are simply temporary residents in a world that runs cross-current to our God-created identity and journey.
In spite of cumbersome difficulties, if God has transplanted us then hope fills us for today and tomorrow. What could be more appropriate than Peter’s words, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3)?