I Peter 3:15 instructs us to “always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.” Sometimes that’s easier said than done. What reason do we have to hope in the midst of difficult circumstances? Does our hope have substance, or is it nothing more than wishful thinking that helps us get through the day?
Merriam Webster says that to hope is “to expect with confidence,” but it stops short of specifying where that confidence is placed. When it comes to matters of hope, the where makes all the difference.
As Christ-followers, our hope lies in Jesus himself, and our confidence lies in his character. The Bible tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), which means we can trust him to be consistent regardless of our circumstances. We know that he loves us (I John 4:10); we know that his love never ends (Psalm 117:2), and we know that he is always working for our good (Romans 8:28).
Since we can count on these truths, we can find hope in every situation we face. That’s why the Psalmist boldly writes:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalm 46:1-3)
Notice that his confidence is not shaken even though his world is literally crumbling around him. Why? Because he knows that “the Lord of hosts is with us” (Psalm 46:11). His hope is in the One whose way is perfect and who knows what we need before we ask.
We can experience hope by doing the same. Even if our world should shift from a traumatic loss or we are shaken by a financial crisis, even when the storms of life buffet us and we tremble at the path that lies ahead, we can find hope when we look to Jesus.
Is your world shaken today? Take comfort in knowing that our hope is real. Regardless of what you’re facing, Jesus’ love surrounds you (Psalm 31:16), his strength sustains you (Colossians 1:11-12), and his grace is sufficient to meet every need (2 Cor. 12:9).
*Read Psalm 46 in its entirety here.