"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope
for He who promised is faithful."
This will be a wee bit shorter devotional today as we ponder the words,
"Hold fast, Confession, Hope"
The previous verse mentions baptism. This verse may in part refer to the confession given at that time "of the truth of the Gospel, and of Jesus Christ, as the only victim for sin, and the only Saviour from it. If the word 'washed' above refer to Christian baptism...then the profession is that which the baptized then made of their faith in the Gospel; and of their determination to live and die in that faith...for the joy that his set before them, they, like their Master, endured every cross, and despised all shame." (Adam Clarke)
Andrew Murray says, "Faith and hope ever go together. 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for.' Faith accepts the promise in its divine reality, hope goes forward to examine and picture and rejoice in the treasures which faith has accepted...Hope is the daughter of faith, the messenger it sends out to see what is to come; it is hope that becomes the strength and support of faith."
He goes on, "We...must confess and give expression to our hope. The confession strengthens hope; what we utter becomes clearer and more real to us. It glorifies God. It helps and encourages those around us. It makes God, and men, and ourselves, see that we are committed to it. 'Let us hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering.'"
Perhaps this hope should be seen through the lens of love. We have accepted a promise of engagement. We put our hope in that promise. We are free to make an announcement of great joy, to tell others that we are engaged. Our hope is in the fulfillment of that love which has been promised, to become one with Him in whom we hope. What kind of engagement would it be if we wavered, if we waffled, unable to accept the faithfulness of the one who promised us? Hold fast, squeeze the hand that has put the ring on your finger and don't let go. Tell the world! "He who promised is faithful." He is the lover of your soul.
Love stories are part of our human DNA, a craving in our souls. We love them, desiring to have our own. However, the only happy ending is because of the faithfulness of the one who has promised. How dark, what devastation, such tears when this is broken. But we have the assurance in our souls of His faithfulness, He who was willing to die for us. This is our hope.
"'He is faithful that promised.' The eternal life, which is the object of your hope, is promised to you by Him who cannot lie." (Adam Clarke)
"Let Him be to thee more than ever the God of hope. Claim the fulfilment of the promise of His word: 'Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.' (Romans 15:13)
How's your abounding in hope going?
Are you holding fast?
Are you professing your confession?
Has this hope filled you with all joy?