DAY 4 - Read Daily04-11-2019 | Josh Brown | YOUTH
Day 3 - Past Promises, Future Hope
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
Questions For Reflection
- Read v2 again. What is the hope that Paul is referring to here?
- How does this hope change your priorities today?
- Given what we know about God from the Bible, what confidence should we have that this hope can be trusted?
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
When you think of hope, what words spring to your mind? Maybe it’s good news of your unwell friends or family have made a fully recovery! Maybe, it’s looking forward to the next best thing; the holiday you have been planning to get away from the study books! Or maybe, it’s starting your new job that you have been dreaming of for months! Whatever it is, hope has always been our way of escaping reality in the thought of a better future.
Paul talks about our future hope in the similar way, but in a much bigger picture. He says in verse 2 of his introduction to Titus, ‘in hope of eternal life’. But what is this hope Paul is referring to?
In John Chapter 17 verse 17-20, Jesus prays,
7 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. 20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
Here, Jesus says, truth and hope is found in believing in him!
As Christians, this is something we need to keep reminding ourselves. The truth, that Jesus paid for our sins at the cross. The truth that we can be forgiven if we call upon Jesus as Lord and saviour of our lives. Because this is ultimate truth, we can depend on it! Oftentimes, we hope in our own plans, but they are never certain!! Similarly, we can never fully rely on other people. But the hope God brings is on we can have confidence in.
That’s why Paul is writing this letter - so that the island of Crete would know there is hope of an eternal future.
The second part of the verse says, ‘which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began’. I’m sure everyone at some point in their life has made promises. It has always been a way of reassuring others. But how much do you trust promises? When someone makes a promise to you, do you trust them completely, never to worry about it again? Or do you have your doubts? – Trying to make a backup plan just in case they don’t carry their promise through?
As sinful people, it’s hard to trust promises we make to each other. We fall and fail daily, in ourselves, to others, and most importantly God. Promises have almost lost their meaning. But as Christians, we can’t take the promises of people and the promises of God at the same level. Don’t expect or prepare to be disappointed by God with his Promises. God’s promises are 100% true. That’s why Paul talks about this truth and hope giving them confidence. We can be confident in God. He is the only one that can truly make promises.