READ:Jeremiah 33:12-16; Luke 1:46-56
- In spite of the dire nature of being in Babylon for 70 years, Jeremiah’s promise is that of Hope. He basically says, “In spite of the mess, there’s something exciting that’s going to take place.” Hope is just that—it’s the confidence that no matter how bad circumstances/situations seem at the moment, God still has something remarkable planned for the future. We may not be able to see it from where we stand, but we can believe it because of who He is.
- God even goes so far as to offer words of assurance. In the next paragraph, God suggests that if we could stop night and day from happening, we could stop this promise from being fulfilled (33:20-21). But, since we can’t do that, neither can we stop His promise from being fulfilled concerning going back to Jerusalem. God’s word is sure and in that, there is hope. Isaiah, a prophet from the previous era says it this way, “My word never returns to me empty” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
- Hope is not some wishy-washy version of “hoping” your favorite team does well in the game. Hope has to do with eager anticipation. It comes as close to certainty as you can possibly get without having actually already experienced it. Hope is confident, assured, and anticipatory because it finds its impetus in God Himself.
- How strong is your conviction concerning God’s control over your future?
- What word would you use instead of “hope” if you lack certainty about the outcome?
- What example would you use in lieu of Jeremiah’s “covenant with the day and night”?
PRAY: Pray for (continued) confidence in the future God has for you. Ask God to continue His faithfulness toward you. Pray the prayer of the uncertain father, “Lord, help my unbelief.”