Turtles lay a hundred eggs, cover them with sand, wish them luck, and head back to sea. Heartless reptiles. We humans tend to prefer warm-blooded, warm-hearted animals (such as bears, chimps, and penguins) that nurture their young and even appear to love them.
Do you sometimes feel that God is heartless? Sure, He rescued us, showing grace when we were born again—but are we now on our own, abandoned like a pile of hapless turtle eggs?
In Future Grace John Piper writes that we can daily depend upon our Heavenly Father’s unfailing, loving care. Yes, we were saved by faith in His grace, but we also need to live by faith in His grace to us, relying on Him to hear us and care for us today, tomorrow, and every day of our future.
Years ago, as I drove our daughter somewhere, she said, “This isn’t the way Mom goes.” I had been reading Future Grace, so I asked her, “Do you trust me?” She replied, “Yes, but...” So I said, “Mom goes another way, but wait and see—I’ll get you there.”
If we say we’re going to do something, we really don’t like anyone doubting our abilities or intentions, do we? “Relax. Just trust me. Everything’s going to be okay—you’re with Dad.”
Our Heavenly Father is like that, only more so. Unlike human fathers, however, He’s not insecure about what we think of Him. He knows that He is utterly reliable and good, and that we are infinitely better off when we depend on Him, trusting in His future grace.
“The LORD delights in those who honor Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11)
Piper writes that faith in God’s future grace means trusting in, and acting upon, the unshakeable goodness of God. Even when—like a football coach or a surgeon—He gets rough with us, God is kind and has our best in mind. We can trust Him.
“If God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us, won’t He also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32).
Most sins say, “No, He won’t.” Lust says God doesn’t understand how difficult it is to resist sexual desire; you need ‘free love’ or porn for that. Greed says God won’t satisfy you with Himself and His gifts; you need more money or stuff. Revenge says God won’t give you justice; you have to go get it yourself.
Using Scripture, Piper argues that sin is usually really a matter of not trusting in God’s good care. Could it be that “whatever is not of faith is sin”? (Romans 14:23)
John Piper’s Future Grace is a rich book, and worthy of very careful attention. Piper pastors Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. You can see his many other books and listen to or download countless sermons at DesiringGod.org. His book by that name (Desiring God) emphasizes that it’s okay to pursue God for the pleasure we find in Him (Psalm 16:11). He has also written biographies, books about missions, the pastorate, marriage, theology and more—but especially about delighting in God Himself. When you walk with God, His delights are beyond comprehension. Heaven will be infinite joy, yes, but (along with promised suffering) we can also expect deep joys here, too.
Favorite quote: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
(Future Grace has been made available for check-out from the ABEFC library, along with other titles in The Bookshelf.)