Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"An Expected End"
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
expected end." Jeremiah. 29:11
These words were written concerning the
captivity of Israel in Babylon. Israel would have to endure
seventy years of captivity and absence from their homeland. There
would be suffering, heartache, tears and sorrow involved in these
seventy years. Some of Israel would die before the seventy years were
complete, while others would find themselves forgetting the homeland
and becoming comfortable in Babylon. God would seem distant, and
in many ways, as though He forgot His people. This would continue
seventy long years. But God makes a wonderful promise in this
verse, and this promise can be applied to our lives today!
At the end of these years, which some thought was so far away, God
would bring a good work about on behalf of His people. Even
though they thought all along that God meant this for evil, God was
really preparing a good work to be preformed in the end. Though
day after day, month after month, year after year, and decade after
decade they felt the affliction of captivity, and although they groaned
under the burden of the Babylonians, God was at work. For many days it
felt as if God had left His people to perish. There were many times the
people wanted to give in to the temptations around them and join up
with this wicked people they were held by, but God gave them this
promise that there was an expected end.
Maybe this year closes much differently than you had expected it to.
Maybe twelve months ago you had dreams and goals for 2009 that now lie
dashed and broken. Perhaps this year was filled with heartache, tears
and sorrow. Whatever it held for you, thank God for it, and look ahead
to this year in front of you with hope and joy because God promised us
that there is an end that we can expect to be filled with His peace and
goodness. That end is not the closing of a year, but rather at the end
of our captivity here n this world. We ought to look for the goodness
of God in our day-to-day lives even though this world is full of
uncertainty. Yet, our eyes and hearts are to be fixed with expectancy
on that great day when He calls us from this captivity into the blessed
Homeland of the saint! This is a sure end for the believer.
Make plans for 2010. Commit to achieving your goals, but know this:
only Heaven is our expected end! God has prepared this place for us and
whether by death or rapture it is our expected end. Don’t let the
disappointments, setbacks, or failures of this Babylon get us
discouraged. This is not our final end! (Thank God for that!) No matter
what this life throws at us let us remember our expected end!
Study verses: Psalm 90:10; Proverbs 27:1;
John 14:1-6; Rev. 21:1-22:7; II Cor. 5:1-8; I Thes. 4: 13-18; I Cor.
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