How To Find Hope In Trials

By September 21, 2012Study the Bible

Bible study post written by contributor Katie Orr.

Last week Lara shared with us about the gift of trials, and their purpose in our lives. It is easy to say “amen, sister” when our kids are healthy, our marriage is perfect, and our bank accounts are full. But what happens when we find ourselves in the midst of our worst nightmare? How do we keep from walking away from our faith when trials come?

Hope can be hard to find.

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children . . . be holy in all your conduct . . .  (1 Peter 1:13-15 ESV)

We studied 1 Peter 1:13-25 this week (are you studying with us? You can jump in anytime!), and in the midst of many commands there is one great promise that can be easily overlooked.

Do you see it? Go back and take a deeper look at verse 13 (it’s there . . . I promise!)

It is tucked right in the middle of a command to “set our hope”. Peter tells us what the object of our hope should be.

I have grace coming!

This is how I walk through the trial around the corner. This is how I will live a life of obedience—regardless of what may come.

Hope in the grace I am promised. 

God’s Word does not promise me a long life filled with health, wealth, and happiness—nor does He promise these things to our children—but it does promise me grace. I can be absolutely certain that the same grace that rescued me from spiritual death will carry me through the trials of this world to eternal safety.

Whether you are going through a difficult time, or are simply struggling to be obedient to the calling to “be holy”, there is hope! As we focus on the truths of all God has done, know the truths we find in His Word, and cling to the promises of His grace to come, we can have a great assurance that the road ahead is paved with grace, wherever it may take us.

What trial does the Lord have you in now? Do you have hope in the grace that is to come? How does God’s past faithfulness help embolden your faith today? Let’s chat in the comments.

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About Katie
Jesus-lover. Pastor’s wife. Mommy of three. Grace-clinger. Truth-speaker. Auburn fan. Longs to equip others to walk with the Lord for a lifetime. Co-author of Savoring Living Water: How to have an effective quiet time and author of Focused15 Bible studies. Creator of Do Not Depart where you can receive encouragement and tools to abide in God’s Word.

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  • I’m in the middle of a confusing, stressful decision that I wish would just go away. Frankly, neither choice is ideal.

    That said, I keep coming back to this truth: my time here is temporary and my hope is not in the outcome of my earthly decisions. My hope is in the grace that is to come. And the goal of that faith? The salvation of my soul. So what decision could be more important that the one to put my hope in Jesus?

    This thinking about the “grace to come” is all new to me, so I have to keep coming back to the scripture. Thankful for the Kept study!!

  • Avatar maddalena70 says:

    I have just discovereed that one of my daughters, the big one 7 years old, has the ADHD syndrome.. so that I will have a lot of work to do with her in the days to come where a lot of patience will be involved from my part…
    But it is really encouraging to know that God will go with me through this ordeal.. and that Grace will wait for me at the end..
    It let me feel everything lighter and easier.
    🙂
    Cheers
    Maddalena