One Day, a song from Matt Redman is one of my favourite Christian songs. It speaks of God’s Transcendence and Immanence, His Sovereignty and Intimacy, and our Fulfilment and Perfection in His presence. These things are only realized in their highest fulfilment on heaven when we get to heaven and see Jesus. But right now, what we can do is to wait and hope for the best things that have been prepared for us.
Waiting is often painful, and so is hoping for the things that are seem impossible to get. Well, praise God, we know that God’s promises are true, and God’s holy character puts us in the deepest assurance that whatever He has promised He will fulfill. Then comes the greatest object we are waiting and hoping for – Jesus Himself – our Redeemer, our Salvation. This is indeed the greatest of all waiting and all hoping because the Object is simply beyond known human perfections and aspirations.
Sometimes though, our trust in the Grandest Object becomes dim because of our environments. We desire truly to hope, but the strings of our trust are often cut off during the worst of times. We believe, but our belief becomes lukewarm. We strive hard to remain faithful, but our strength fails us sooner than we think.
But one day all of these will change. One day all troubles and sources of doubt will be swept away. One day all hope will be realised, felt, and seen. Indeed that day will be the full fulfilment of Jesus’ prayer. The prayer was beautifully recorded in John 17, and let us again read some most glorious parts of the said prayer.
20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17)