Thoughts on Hope

At times, people will disappoint us; circumstances will discourage us; and we will even fail ourselves. But when hope is lost, we can be certain to find it in the truth of the Gospel.

John Piper speaks of hope in his 1986 sermon titled "Why Hope? Gospel!". Speaking of "the hope of the gospel" found in Colossians 1:23, Dr. Piper says, "...there is no sweeter message of hope in all the world than to hear God announce that when you get up in the morning miserable and depressed with a sense of guilt and estrangement before a holy God, you can go to bed that very night — this very night — with a quiet and peaceful heart knowing that every sin you have ever committed and ever will commit is forgiven and you are reconciled to the Almighty by the death of his Son. That’s the free offer of the gospel!"

The Gospel brings hope to every situation. Paul said in Romans 8:32, "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" God has already given us the greatest gift of all, and he will not fall short of providing everything we need for life and godliness.

ThoughtsTimothy Buck