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There is hope for you

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Israel Kristilere<br />

Text: Jeremiah 31: 15-17

Introduction
One of the greatest fears of mankind is the fear of the future. Even at the face of the current challenge our world is facing, one major concern many of us have is what happens to us at the end of this pandemic. Many indeed worry because they do not know what the future holds for them, their family, their job, company or business. No doubt, every man has future, though what it holds for each person differs. Only God has no future. God has no future because He has no past as well. He is always in the present. (John 8:58, Heb. 13:8) God is not limited by time and space.

If you are using today or yesterday to judge your future and you think there is no hope, I have good news for you. The Bible says there is hope for you, even in a so-called hopeless situation. A terminally ill young man came for his usual treatment and met with a new doctor on duty, who said to him casually and cruelly, “You know, don’t you, that you won’t live out the year?” As the young man left, he stopped by the Medical Director’s desk, wept as he said,  “That man took away my hope.” “I guess he did,” replied the director. “Maybe it’s time to find a new one.” If any one or any situation has taken away your hope, I declare there is still hope for you. You can find new hope in Christ Jesus.

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• Our Periscope Explained- (Jer. 31: 15-17)
In our passage, Rachel was weeping for her children who disobeyed God and are no more. In Ramah, the place of gathering exiles, Rachel the symbol of the mother of Israel was lamenting. (vs.16). But God says, weep no more, sorrow no more, sigh no more for your work shall be rewarded, i.e. obedience, faithfulness, humility, dedication, devotion, service, loyalty, sacrifice, giving, tithing, prayer and fasting shall be rewarded. There shall be a recovery. There is hope for you.

• Four Great Truths From The Passage
Since there is hope for you,
(1.) Surrender your future to God, Who is more interested in it. No matter what is happening presently or what people have said about your future, I see a better year for you. Hear what God says:
(a) Jer. 29: 11- God has a plan for you.
(b) Pro. 23: 18- There is a future hope for you.
(c) Pro. 24: 14- You hope will not be cut off.
(2.) Do not surrender your future to your past or present. Your past needs not to determine your future, even if it is affecting your present. Also, the current challenges need not determine the future for you. Psalm 30: 5 says, “joy comes in the morning.” The humble beginning does not automatically translate to a humble future.

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The difficult first half of the year need not translate into a bad second half. A man who was sentenced to death obtained a reprieve when he assured the king he would teach his majesty’s horse to fly within the year on the condition that if he didn’t succeed, he would be put to death at the end of the year. When his friends asked him why he made such a commitment, he said, “within a year a lot could happen- the king may die, or I may die, or the horse may die. Furthermore, in a year, who knows? Maybe the horse will learn to fly.”  (3.) What the future holds for you will be determined by the decision you make today. At a time, Jabez decided to surrender his future to God and things turned around for the better. (1 Chron. 4: 9-10) If you have surrendered your life to Jesus, I know your future and there is hope for you. Decide for Jesus today. Those who hope in Jesus will never be put to shame. He is our hope of glory. (Col.1: 27)
(4.) Your best is yet to come. Your better days are still ahead. No matter how chaotic these few weeks have been, 2020 shall still be a better year for us. There shall be a turn-around for the better at the end of this pandemic in your life, home, business and the Church. There is hope for you.

Conclusion
Our Faith as Christians is grounded in hope, a good hope that does not disappoint.
Rev. Dr. Israel Kristilere, Shepherdhill Baptist Church, (Sanctuary of Grace & Glory), Baptist Academy Compound, Obanikoro, Lagos.
WhatsApp: 2348033052590.
Email: revkristilere@yahoo.com

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