“If God were not a self-replenishing, all-sufficient, everlasting fountain of future grace, there would be no hope for sinners. If God has been gracious only in the past, but will not be in the future, Christians are of all people most to be pitied. Our life hangs on future grace…So we must ask again, What is future grace? We have seen that it is grace that carries me from this moment on. It is one millisecond away and ten billion ages away. All of God’s goodness and power that will be exerted for me before I finish this sentence, and all the goodness and power that will sustain me beyond the grave forever is future grace.”
John Piper, Future Grace, Multnomah Publishers, 1995, p.75.
“…we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens” (Colossians 1:5)
Several years ago, there was a movie titled, Hope Floats. Isn’t there a sense it which hope floats our faith?! Hope in God and in “His precious and magnificent promises” (2 Pet. 1:4) is our fuel for faithful living today.
In light of the fact that we find our strength in God, how foolish it would have been for us today to neglect our fellowship with Him! I like how one Puritan writer put it, “And let me not lay my pipe too short of this fountain, never touching the eternal spring, never drawing water from above” (The Valley of Vision, Self-Knowledge, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975, p.69).
Our striving for reality will be in vain if we attempt to do so in our pathetic, human effort.