Peter reminds his audience of the genuine hope they have in Christ. This hope should impact how we relate to our government (2:11-17), to our employers (2:18-25), and in our marriages (3:1-7). When one’s faith firmly takes hold of these truths it will have a profound impact on how we face the trials of life.
This passage reminds its readers of what God is doing for suffering saints to give them hope. We will find that God sees – “for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous;” God hears – “and his ears are open unto their prayers” and God is just – “but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”