An Expected End

 

Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will ring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

 

God's word is true, and there will come a day, in due time that the expected end will come to pass. God's word is valuable because He is good to keep His promises. We are in a process of going through the refining fire, and the end result is victory.  God has not called His children out of this world to shame us, but to bring us to an expected hoped for end.  The hardships that we face in this life are only for a season, at the end of each trial we face is a triumph for those who will endure to the end. 

We often think we know what we need or want, but God is never uncertain of what we are in need of. I can picture God bidding His time waiting for us to come to the right conclusion of what we're really hungering and thirsting for. How easy it is to come to the conclusion that God's purposes are against us, we’re often just like the small child pouting because they didn’t get their way. We don’t understand sometimes that God says "no" to protect us from harm, all we know is that we heard NO.

No matter what circumstance we are going through we have to realize that all things are indeed working together for the good of them that love God and are called according to His purpose. And, that God is able to take those things that Satan has intended for evil against us, turning it around and using them for our good.

Thank God that He doesn’t give us what we fear or what in our fanciful minds we think we’ve just "got" to have for survival. But when we come to Him in faith because He has spoken to us a promise, He will give us that expected end. When God gives us vision (hope for a future) we suddenly are able to pray in a manner that is full of faith. We are able to believe God for things that seem impossible to others, because by faith we know they’re possible because God is able to perform those things He commits to us thru His word. He doesn’t do these things because we’re especially deserving; He does them because He loves us. What a wonderful merciful God we serve.

There are times when we pray and we feel like our prayers went over like a lead balloon. It's because it's so easy to get caught up in vain prayers. The Bible tells us that if it's possible even the very elect will be deceived. I’ve been deceived before, I’ve said and done things that later, after I’d come to my "right mind," I was totally ashamed of.

  • Say this prayer (or one like it) and encourage yourself in the Lord.

Again, I thank You Lord for Your mercy and grace. How I praise You O LORD for this hope that rises up in my soul, that You are faithful and true, that You will never leave me or forsake me (give up on me).  That moment by moment from faith to faith, glory to glory, I will see that You are at work on my behalf.  If You be for me who can be against me!!!

In His Love

Karen Trevino

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