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But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness [gentleness] and fear [respect]…1 Peter 3.15
Have you ever been in a situation when learning something dire has happened and the first question you want to ask is, “Did they know the Lord?” Translate, “Did they have Hope?” Someone I know just lost someone dear to them and I didn’t have to ask that question because I already knew the answer – no hope. How dreadful. How forever. How hopeless.
This scripture is clear. First, set the Lord apart in your heart. Set Him high and above all other things. Sanctify Him holy in your life. Yes, it’s okay to love other things and other people but Him? FIRST & FOREMOST! When we do that we approach everything from His viewpoint. He IS our Defense. People notice the difference. And, hopefully, they will ask us why or how we can walk through such and such with an unexplained hope.
Jesus and His disciples had finished their “last” supper together and they walked. Toward Gethsemane. On the way Jesus was giving His final Truth 101 lessons. You know the kind. Every word that comes from your mouth is a lesson. I had them with my youngest during his senior year in high school. Like, it’s now or never that I can teach you this.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14.3-4
Jesus wanted them to remember these words – He was planting HOPE into their spirits because He knew soon He would be beaten and hung on a cross beam to die. He was telling them, “Look, everything is going to look hopeless and people are going to come asking you what happened to Me – don’t give up on Me – I am speaking Truth to you. I am going to a place where you cannot go yet but I will be back – you will come to Me. Plant that HOPE firmly into your heart and mind.” I am not leaving you HOPEless.
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, there are days. O! God, there are days when it’s gray and dreary with reason to give it all up. But, then, Lord, Your Spirit in me gives me the strength to dig my heels in, to grit my teeth and say, “NOT TODAY SATAN…I have HOPE – I have eternal HOPE that although today is bad? Tomorrow will be better because Jesus is with me and will NOT leave me HOPEless. He fills me with Hope Everlasting that causes me to overflow with joy unspeakable and full of glorious HOPE.” Father God, thank You, for being my eternal Hope. I am forever grateful. Amen.