Are You Building for the Future?
Jeremiah 29:11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
11 “‘For I know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,’ declares Jehovah, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.
God is the only Source of true hope and the One able to accomplish all his promises and the hopes of those who trust in him. It is through his grace that he has given humankind comfort and good hope. The apostle Paul wrote, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace.” (2 Th. 2:16) Our heavenly Father has been the hope of righteous men since the days of Abel. He was called “the hope of Israel” and “the hope of their [Israel’s] fathers” (Jer. 14:8; 17:13; 50:7), and there are many expressions of hope, trust, and confidence in him in the Hebrew Old Testament Scriptures. In his loving-kindness toward his people, even when they were being exiled for disobedience to him, he said to them, “I know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you … thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11) The Father’s promise kept alive the faith and hope of faithful Israelites during their exile in Babylon, which greatly strengthened men such as Ezekiel and Daniel, for God had said, “There is hope for your future, … and your sons will return to their own territory.” (Jer. 31:17) That hope became a reality when a number of the faithful Israelites returned in 537 B.C.E. to rebuild Jerusalem and its temple. – Ezra 1:1-6.
Solomon stated a principle that can help the young Christians as well as the rest of us. He said, “Remember, now, your Grand Creator in the days of your youth.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) For the Christian seeking to walk with God, this is the key to their success, listen to the Father and do his will. Keep in mind that Jesus spoke of those who thought that they were doing the will of the Farther and he said that he was going to have some choice words for them upon his return, “I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matt. 7:21-23) Again, the Father told the ancient Israelites what he wanted to do for them, “I know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you … thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11) Our heavenly Father would also love to give you “a future and a hope.” If you are going to have a righteous standing before him, you remember him in your actions, thoughts, and decisions, that future and that hope will be assured. – Revelation 7:16-17; 21:3-4.