Ever experience an authentic, real, genuine “glimmer of hope?”
Things have gone badly… some of it was your fault (but maybe not)… and you found yourself in a horrible situation. Problem is, it has just seemed to last forever! The consequences have been way out of proportion to what caused the problem in the first place. You have found yourself asking, “Will this ever end?” And then something happened – didn’t seem big at first – but it was a “glimmer of hope!” It was just what you needed to buttress your faith and believe that God would fulfill His promises to you! You’d embraced Jeremiah’s words recorded in Jeremiah 29:11 as God’s attitude to you as His child (words spoken incidentally, just before the painful discipline of exile): “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plan for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope!” But then everything crashed! The disaster seemed like it would never end! But then this “glimmer of hope”!
I read about a genuine “glimmer of hope” for the people of God who were experiencing God’s discipline in Babylon this morning… Jeremiah 52:31-34 (and repeated in 2 Kings 25.27-30). God’s discipline… 70 long years! Jehoiachin, king of Judah, for only 3 months (2 Kings 24:8) and then 37 long years in prison in Babylon! The Children of Israel wondered if their exile would ever end! … and I am sure Jehoiachin wondered if he would just die in prison… Would the consequences of their sin and the discipline that ensued never end?
Then the “glimmer of hope”! Suddenly, out of the blue, Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, does something totally unexpected… He frees Jehoiachin from prison, speaks kindly to him, gives him a seat of incredible honor over the other captive kings, removes his prison garments, provides a royal allowance and invites him for the rest of his life to dine at the kings table… and all of this was sustained by those who followed the king until the day he died! Wow! Glimmer of hope!! Looks like God’s promises back in Jeremiah 29:11 are true after all!!
I don’t know what you’re facing right now… whose fault it was… whether it was fair or not… or when it is going to end! I DO BELIEVE… you can claim Jeremiah 29:11 as God’s desire for your life! And I’m praying that you’ll experience an authentic, real, genuine “glimmer of hope”! We all need one, eh?