Jer 29:11 (NIV)
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”
God lives in the eternal. While we do not fully grasp how all of time and history is spread out before Him, we do know that He delights in showing His children the good plans and intentions towards us. He also knows how easily distracted we are from getting His promise of the future deeply implanted in our hearts. The human heart is a competitive place with many good and bad aspirations that wrestle for dominion. God’s words, dreams and visions are designed to plant a prophetic picture of our future into our hearts so that we can keep our hearts fixed and focused on a hope and expectation of good things ahead instead of being overwhelmed by past and present problems.
We see this demonstrated in the children of Israel as they were coming out of Egypt. Their hearts were all over the place. They got excited about moments of success and breakthrough as God did miracles and delivered them from slavery, blessed them with wealth and gave them his words to reshape how they lived. They also became easily discouraged with each new challenge and frequently thought of going back to Egypt. With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, their generation never entered their inheritance because hearts were never fully established in God’s promise of their abundant future. Their wandering hearts resulted in 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and missing out on what was available to them.
What they often forget was that each victory was designed to prepare them to step into a greater dimension of God’s plan so they would eventually possess a land and become a nation that would bring light and salvation and deliverance to the whole world. What an insightful warning this is for us! The positive example of Joshua and the generation that conquered and possessed the promised land shows us what happens when God gains possession of our hearts! As we learn how to guard our hearts and make them a place where we nurture the prophetic future that God shows us, hope and faith arise which makes giants defeat-able and mountains movable.
The more our hearts become rooted and fixed on what He is doing, the more His eternal unlimited kingdom comes into our limited time and space.
The Bible uses the term “kairos” to describe how the eternal can break into our “chronos” (chronological) time. This happens when our hearts grasp that God’s promises of a future and a hope are available now!
Keeping a hopeful heart,