Daily Devotional

Future Hope

by Simon Whitton

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.

Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)

When you look to the future, what do you hope for?  Perhaps your dream is to own a spacious home in a beautiful setting.  You may not even be sure what you want in your future, or you may have goals or dreams that you are working towards.  However, none of us knows our future with any certainty, except, of course, the Lord.

The Lord has specific goals and plans for us.  He made us, designing us with wisdom and foresight, with His future purposes in mind.  The question is: Will we chase after our own dreams or the plans that God has for us?

As noble as our own goals for life may be, they may not be what the Lord has in mind for us.  The only way for the full potential of our lives to be realized is if we give ourselves fully over to the Lord and His will.  Then the eternal blessing that God always had in mind for us can be ours.

Abraham was a man who gave himself fully to the Lord.  He looked to the Lord, followed Him, and trusted in God's plans for his future.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Hebrews 11:8-10 (NIV)

The reference to living in tents is about the temporary nature of Abraham's dwelling place.  He did enter the promised land, and it was a real place of fulfillment for him, but it was still only a temporary place.  Abraham, by faith, was looking forward to the promised heavenly city.

It should be the same for us.  The tents we live in are our temporary bodies.  We are like strangers in this world.  If we live only for fulfillment in this life, we are going to be disappointed.  God may have some amazing things in store for us in this life, but they pale in comparison to what He has in mind for us in the next.

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed,
we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

2 Corinthians 5:1(NIV)

We should put our future in the Lord's hands.  Not because of the promises for only this life, but because of the promises for the next.  When we complete the Lord's will for us on earth, our reward in heaven will be great.  We may not get the spacious house we wanted for a few years on earth, but a mansion for eternity in heaven will more than compensate.

Let's invest in our future through prayer.  Give your hopes, plans and dreams over to the Lord, and ask instead for His perfect will for your life.  Pray that the Lord would give you the faith to follow and obey Him; and that He would bless you, even in this life, just as He did Abraham.

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