Wednesday, October 11
Present peace comes from knowing the future. The Bible calls that hope. Biblical use of this word “hope” is far different than how its used in our day. We hope something will happen. There is no assurance of it happening. In fact, we often don’t really think it will happen, but we hope it will. Not so when God speaks. When he says that certain things will take place in the future, it’s as good as done. God can’t lie, he is sovereign and omniscient. There is no default button that will change the outcome. When Jesus told his disciples that they would be with him forever, it will happen. So when God declares us to be justified, our sins are gone forever; there is no possibility of it ever changing. And that’s where peace comes in. Our future with Christ in heaven is certain, and makes the present endurable, no matter how grievous it might be. Peter speaks of this in 1 Peter 1:6. After referring to Christ’s second coming, he says “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” Later, in verse 8, he re-emphasizes this with “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” So if you happen to be “down” about something today, think of the future.