“There is indeed a future, and your hope will never be cut off” Proverbs 23:18
Read:Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 11:1-6
I want to give you an assignment today: I want you to find as many translations of the Bible as you can and look up the different renderings of Jeremiah 29:11. One translation reads, “I will bless you with a future filled with hope; A future of success, not of suffering.” Another one says, “I alone know the plans that I have for you. Plans for prosperity and not disaster; Plans to bring about the future you hope for.” In just about every translation you find for this scripture, our hope is shown to be very critical. As I read through some of these translations, I sensed the Holy Spirit challenging me and asking what my hope for the future was. Sometimes we don’t want to build up our hope because we are scared of being disappointed. But God says the only future He is committed to bringing to pass in your life is the future you hope for. Child of God, I want you to take a strong consideration of your hope today. Do you hope for a good future? Is the picture you see of your tomorrow a bright or dull one? Hope is the substance of faith. In order to please God you must have faith. But in order to have faith, you must have hope. So we can say in order to please God, you must have hope. Regardless of what your experiences have been in the past, God is a God of new beginnings and turnarounds. That simple revelation from the Holy Spirit brought me to a place where I started to talk about what I hoped for: a great future, a prosperous long life, fulfillment, success in everything I lay my hands upon, a great family, blessed children, etc I want you to do the same today and remember that your hope is established as you verbalize it. I see that happening for you, in Jesus Name. Amen.