So after the period, the comma and the question mark of faith, I think you can see where this is going. Certainly not to the colon; that only creates abdominal pain. And the semicolon is not much different since no one can agree on where and when you should use it. The ellipsis and the dash are all about personal preference which leaves us with — you guessed it — the exclamation mark. Though the exclamation mark is rarely used in formal writing, it is one of the most popular punctuations in handwriting used for emphasis. We use it to set off something we really mean. We use it to show excitement. And we use it to emphasize a point, sort of like a super-period.
As in: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes(!)’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Okay, I added it there, but it might as well be there. How can you not get excited about God’s promises being true in Christ! Jesus is the “Yes!” of God’s promises. The law is all about “No!” Christ is all about “Yes!”
Hope is the exclamation mark of faith. How else can you capture the fact that it is all true? Forgiveness, love and mercy are all ours.
Exclamation mark faith is alive. It is engaged. It is a life awake to the Holy Spirit. It is a Spirit-controlled life — life with an exclamation point.
My wife will tell you — because she has to live with me — that I don’t know very much about this exclamation mark faith. I’m too cerebral. I think too much. I’m only writing about this. It’s true. My exclamation point is on stage, and sometimes when I write, but most of the time it’s dullsville around me. I need help here, people. Don’t let me get away without this. Those of you with exclamation point faith, let me know how you do it. I need more “Yes!” and less “No!” in my life.
Join me here. Find your exclamation point in life. Get out of the doldrums. Christ has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Sounds like an exclamation mark to me!
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11). And in my version of the Bible, that exclamation mark is really there.