Updated: Jan 11, 2020
“Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
This past Sunday, we sang the song, “Our Living Hope” during the 929 service and heard Pastor John speak on a familiar passage (one of my favorites) from Jeremiah 29:11-14:
11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
But what is amazing about the word of God and this precious promise found in Jeremiah 29 is that these words are not just for God’s people who were in exile. They are for us when we feel the world is against us, too. God’s word extends past the time it was written to us right where we are at through the Holy Spirit.
So often we hope for plans that are different from the life we are living. But even then, God is still faithful and sovereignly weaving the details of our lives in accordance with His perfect will.
The question is, will we trust in the hope God has for us, or try to make “our hope” the plan for our lives? Sometimes the plans God has for us might seem confusing. Like the exiles in the time of Jeremiah, we wonder what the point is of it all . . . unless we trust His character. When our determination of what is a good plan is laid down while we surrender to God’s plans, we begin to understand that our pursuit of hope is idolatry unless our hope is in One.
Several hundred years before Jeremiah prophesied of this hope in God and His faithful plans for us, Solomon spoke of this hope that will not be cut off. This hope is certain, not a vain wish or dream, because of the One Who spoke it. God’s plans cannot fail.
Hope is not found in religion or in man. We have a living hope when our hope is not in things of this world, but in the only One capable of keeping His plans. And suddenly, when our hope is off of ourselves and onto the One Who made us and His purposes, we have joy and peace, too, no matter what goes on around us.