Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Our Glorious Future
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). The bumper sticker read "Remember who you wanted to be." A lot of people never come to a realization of who they wanted to be. Should you go back and examine your childhood dreams, are you where you dreamed of being? Many people head off to college without any idea what they want to be. They may change majors several times in their college career and still not know what they want to do or be when they graduate. If that describes you don't despair, there is something better than your dreams, there is God's dream for you. God alone knows the plans He has for us. No false prophet can know the mind of God concerning anything. Jeremiah ministered in a day when false prophets were rampant. These false dreamers were prophesying a false peace and bogus deliverance. They were predicting the impossible and proclaiming a groundless hope. Those of their audience were confident they were hearing the truth. God told the Israelites judgment was coming and could not be avoided. The Israelites laughed at God threats, confident they were hearing truth from those who spoke only lies. False prophets flatter people in their sins, because they love to be flattered. A charlatan may have a golden tongue, but the fruit of his words will be bitter indeed. False prophets and their deceived listeners do a demonic dance, each flatters the other for their own purposes. The end result, rather than deliverance, is slavery for the false prophet and their deceived followers. As humans we often lack knowledge. How common it is to not even know our own minds. The Lord is never uncertain of anything. How often in our lack of knowledge do we believe the Lord is against us? The fact is "If God be for us, who can be against us"? God always approaches His children in mercy and grace. Even His correction is done out of love, "For who the Lord loves he chastens." No where in the Bible does God say "Seek Me in vain." Those who die and go the an eternal hell do so "Because they have not listened to my words; I called but they refused." On the other hand, God has a divine plan, and He knows exactly what He wants us to be and do. Every gift and talent we possess was given by Him, and its a shame when we don't live the life He has for us. If you don't know what you are destined for, ask the Lord, He knows and He will be more than happy to reveal His plan to you. We have a glorious future, He said so, for He's in charge of it. Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.