The Future is God’s Gift to You

Jeremiah 29:10-13
11 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. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity;

The future need not be mysterious, or an uncertain and fearful thing. God has revealed His thoughts in His Word, and promised us a future as His gift to us. It is a good future containing peace, and it brings hope to the present. He knows who you are, what your current situation is, and what it will take to move into your better future.

Yet, the future does not just happen. It is dependent upon us engaging with God by calling upon Him, seeking and searching with all our hearts. It involves throwing yourself into it with all that you have at your disposal. In this way you make your way prosperous together with God.

Joshua 1:8
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

‘For then you will’.

In God there is predictability about your future. As you put your hand in His, He will always steer you into His provision, protection and purposes. There is nothing uncertain about that! His gift is to ‘to give you a future…’

Relationship has a lot to do with responses. God makes a move, we respond. If we don’t, then the offer falls to the ground. Yet if we do respond in faith, we receive all that God has promised.

In the context of the above passage, the prophet Daniel sees his present circumstances in the light of the future that Jeremiah had prophesied earlier (Jeremiah 29:1-14). Israel would spend seventy years in Babylonian captivity. Daniel along with many others had been taken into captivity and was now looking into the prophetic scrolls (the Word of His day). He realizes that God’s perspective of the future is staring Him in the face. This understanding about the future condition of his people under King Darius comes to him ‘by the books’. He responds to the prophecy by seeking the Lord in prayer, fasting and confession. Later on in the account, he receives revelation or God’s picture for his people of the future.

Daniel 9:2-4, 23-24
2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, …

…23 At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

24 “Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.

The interpretation and application here is that God shows us the future before it happens. Our responsibility is to look, listen and see what He reveals, then take appropriate action to position ourselves to receive and walk into that future by faith.

When God shows us things to come they edify, exhort and comfort us. This is the nature of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:3). This foresight inspires us to act, and make us move towards the fulfillment of what has been spoken. Prophecy is never intended to immobilize the believer into a false fatalism.

God’s way is to declare up front what He is about to do. He wants us to respond by stretching for the future as we play our part.

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