Hope in My Love

As a sinner with no righteousness of your own, standing before a self-sufficient and holy God, what command would you rather hear than this: "Hope in my love!" If we only knew it, every one of us is stranded on an ice face in Greenland, and the wind is blowing fiercely. Our position is so precarious that if we even inhale too deeply, our weight will shift and we will plunge to our death. God comes to us and says in that moment, "I will save you, and protect you in the storm. But there is a condition." Your heart sinks. Your face is flat against the ice. Your fingernails are dug in. You can feel yourself giving way. You know that if you even move your lips, you're going to fall. You know that there is nothing you can do for God. Then he speaks the gospel command: my requirement is that you hope in me. Is this not good news...? What could be easier than to hope in God when all else is giving way? And that is all he requires. That's the gospel. -John Piper