Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
In the world there are a lot of troubles and problems. People everywhere are walking around depressed or angry. Millions of dollars are spent every year on medicines and counseling to help people with depression, because they cannot find a reason to be happy or find joy in life.
Many people blame God for what is going on. They do not want to look at what God has done for them and how great that is. All they see is trouble and pain.
With all of the problems, people turn to things of this world for help…drugs, sex, violence, or more. They refuse to see what God has done and can do for them.
Those who have learned what God has done for them find a reason to rejoice and praise God. The greatest thing that God has done for any person is not provide health or wealth or peace, but a new life and a living hope. This new life is found in Jesus Christ.
God loved people so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save them. With the death and resurrection of Jesus, God is able to provide new life for every person. He did not have to do it, but did it out of His great love and mercy for all people.
When a person realizes how great this life is, he has nothing else to do but to praise God. He wants to give God glory and praise for what He has done. He has a hope that cannot be taken away and will last for all eternity, despite the troubles going on in this world, in his own life and around him.
As a believer, think about what God has done for you. Think about the price Jesus paid for your sins. Think about what Jesus has given you–eternal life, a new hope. God as saved you for all eternity.
Take time to praise God for the salvation that He has given you. Praise God for the new life He has given you. Praise God for the hope He has given you.
Praise God today!
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove all of your sins; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the new life God provides you; and that you will praise God for He great mercy in your life.