But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
When you live for Jesus, people react. This reaction may come in several forms, ranging from tolerance to downright animosity. At some point, someone will ask you, “Where do you get your hope?” Peter writes that we need to be ready to answer these questions, and be ready to do so with meekness and fear. In other words, we must be ready to respond with humility before God. This is a serious subject matter. Our hope comes from the cross. It comes from the freedom that we get from Jesus. And it comes from the promise of eternity. That’s a big answer to give! That is why the Holy Spirit will help us find the words when the time comes. In the meantime, let us strive to live in such a way that will spur people to ask us where our hope comes from.
This blog post has been adapted from The KJV Prophecy Study Bible by Barbour Publishing. You can learn more about it here.