The Future Has Hope

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 52:17-34

As we say good-bye to the book of Jeremiah, it leaves us with a glimmer of hope. After thirty seven incredibly long years in prison, King Jehoiakin is brought into the presence of King Evil- merodach and from that day on “he dined regularly at the king’s table.”

In 2 Chronicles 36 are some words that come alive for us after the time we have spent with this great man of God. The Chronicler says that the Exile happened “to fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths . . . to fulfil seventy years” (v. 21). He continues, “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus,” who sent God’s people back to Jerusalem (see vv. 22-23).

The whole world does not yet acknowledge the lordship of Jesus. But what has happened in our lifetime in Chiapas, Mexico, in Korea, in Eastern Europe gives us reason to pray and work in hope and expectation, knowing that the promises of God are sure and Amen in Christ.

PRAYER

Gracious God, the apostle Paul called on the Roman Christians to live in this kind of hope when he wrote, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” That’s the kind of life we want to live, Lord, in hope and eager expectation. In Jesus’ nam