When my wife and I married, we’d wake up each morning and I’d greet her with a rhyme. Being a Dr Seuss kind of guy, my rhymes were often short and not always very informative or coherent.
After a few mornings she let me know: “I don’t like rhymes.” My face must have become quite downfallen at her proclamation because she then quickly added the words “in the morning.”
She doesn’t like rhymes in the morning, not even the one we used all the time as kids: “Are you ready Freddy?”
The Apostle Peter wrote that we must always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).
Peter was writing to a group suffering from violent persecution. They had no reason for joy in a world actively making their lives miserable, yet they lived each day with joyful expectation. Biblical hope isn’t a crossed finger and a wish for things to be different. Biblical hope is a certainty of something happening without knowing when it will happen. Because of the hope they had – for a better life in Heaven, for total and eternal forgiveness of sin, for joy unspeakable and full of glory – these Christians needed to be prepared to articulate how Jesus is the source of that hope.
It’s as if every morning Peter greets us and asks, “Be ready, Freddy, to explain today from the Bible what you believe and why.”