Christians are incurably forward-looking. We live in the present, but for the future since a glorious future awaits us! We have a “living hope,” as Peter says.
That hope is fleshed out in John’s description of the new creation, and centers in our assurance that when a new world replaces this one God Himself will be with us. To be sure, He is with us now; His Spirit indwells every believer. Sin, however, continually breaks our fellowship with Him. Then, sin will be gone and we will finally experience what we were designed for: perfect fellowship with our Creator.
That produces a host of other blessings as well. Death the result of sin will be a thing of the past. Sorrow, fear, suffering, pain all will be gone! Our gracious God will wipe every tear from our eyes.
Our “thirst” will be over, too. Everything here perishes, spoils, or fades leaving us “thirsty.” Then, for the first time, we shall be fully satisfied as we enjoy perfection and drink the water of life freely.
This is our hope for the future. It is, however, for those who “overcome.” Now, in the imperfect present, there is a spiritual battle to be fought. How we need this glorious vision of the coming new order of things to remain focused as we live out our life of faith here in the midst of the old.
Fill us anew with a living hope for the future that we might live for You in the here and now, O Lord. Amen.