Written A Few Years Ago, But Every Bit As True Today

Future and Hope

January 23, 2010 at 9:23am
Whenever things are difficult, or when we go through trials, or times when life seems hopeless, we cling to verses like Jeremiah 29:11, that God has a future and a hope for us. But so often it is easy to claim these verses for our own peace of mind, in accordance with our own selfish wants and desires for material things and happiness. At least I find that to be true from time to time, I think; “this trial will soon pass and things will get easier”, or I equate “future” and “hope” to be a promise for my own personal happiness.

Now I do not mean that we tend to be selfish in regards to wanting “everything all for ourselves”, but rather we forget that our future, hope, existence, and lives, are for the purposes and plans, and ultimately for the glory of God. Just the very fact that you belong to Him means you were predestined for a purpose, called according to His purpose. My friend if you belong to God, and have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, rest assured whom God saves He also predestines. From before there was time, your life had meaning and purpose. We think of high points and low points in our lives as sometimes moving forward, or slipping back, but God doesn’t work in these human terms. When He said He works all things together for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose, we can believe that everything that happens in life is for the ultimate glory of God, and you will never fall backwards in life, God does not “slip backwards”, or “get stuck”. Whether you are on the mountain, or deep in the valley, rest assured you are always moving forward.

Wherever you are right now, believe that just the fact that you belong to Christ, and that you exist, means you have a future and a hope, and that fact has nothing to do with any physical wants and needs, or temporal joy, (not that we will not have these things, but the big picture is so much greater). Tonight dwell on the omniscience of El Elyon, the greatness and vastness of all creation, the billions of people in generations past and yet to come, and then know that you were specifically called and chosen according to His very specific purpose.Image

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