God wants to “give us a future and a hope (i.e. an expected end – KJV)”. 🤔💭 Trying to make sense of this I noticed that NKJV/NLT equate KJV’s “expected end” with “a future and a hope”. But why, what could these mean?
There is surely an end i.e. a future that God has planned for us, but God gives it to us through hope. The future and hope come hand in hand, like the fist to a glove. It is an end that we actively expect, a future that we hope towards. God gives this hope to us. He puts visions of the future He desires for us into our heart and wants us to hope, long and work towards it. This is corroborated in Phillipians 2:13, which tells us that when we walk with God, the desires of our heart and our resulting actions are of Him. Faith’s definition in itself is substantiated in hope (Heb 11:1).
Basically, hoping is a real life and heart activity that God desires of His children. It shows what the true source of our confidence is – God or man. It is fundamental to how He works in our lives. He wants us to believe the seemingly impossible. Hoping looks foolish to other people because they have not received the revelation that we have. This hope we must cherish no matter how long or what it takes. Just look at the lives of Joseph/David and the time that passed between the revelation and the manifestation (I have my testimonies too; maybe I’ll write them someday 😁). God gave them a revelation for an appointed time, a revelation that spoke of the end and did not prove false. Though it lingered, they waited for it and it certainly came to pass. (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
As it was then and is now, hope deferred makes the heart sick but when fulfilled, it is a tree of life (Prov. 13:12). When we choose to trust in God to bring to pass the seemingly impossible, it becomes a testimony to the world of God’s existence, His saving grace and mercy. Many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord (Ps 40:4). But we must allow ourselves go through the process of waiting on God. Joseph’s experience became a tree of life to all of Egypt, all the world and all His family. He said in Gen 50:20 – “you intended to harm me but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”.
Many of us prefer not to hope so that we don’t get disappointed, or to preserve some grand image of God in our mind. We just can’t bring ourselves to trusting God to bring something to pass. But this thinking is wrong as we MUST learn how to hope in God if we are to truly fulfil His plans for us.
To produce much fruit, a corn of wheat must first fall into the ground and die, abiding alone (John 12:24). Noone wants to abide alone. Noone wants to go through a painful experience. But this is in God’s design for ALL His true children. This is the Hope journey. Even Jesus asked for the cup to pass away if possible; but in God’s design, Jesus had to die first i.e. go through a painful experience first before yielding plentiful fruit – the saving of all lives. 🙌🏾
In summary: hoping, waiting, trusting and faithing are all core to God’s plan for each of our lives, to bring us to an expected end. The result is always sure – a tree of life. 🌴 He does so much in our life in this dark and lonely place that nothing else could possibly have achieved the same result. So count it all joy and hope away! Subject your desires to His and stand on His promises. After He gives you the vision, ask Him for wisdom on what you should do. Actively work towards and prepare yourself for it. Don’t be idle because the vision hasn’t come to pass but make the best of the opportunities that are nearest at hand to you…with a spirit of excellence and diligence, work as unto the Lord even in the little things. Abide in His word and let His words abide in you. His strength will be made perfect in your weakness. 💪🏾😎🙅🏾♂️