The Unexpected End Can Also Be Rendered “Future and a Hope."

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
— Jeremiah 29:11

This verse in Jeremiah 29:11 gives me so much confidence because it stands as proof that God has a wonderful future in store for me. The words “unexpected end” used in Jeremiah 29:11 can be translated as an “Future.” Another translation could say "things hoped for" or "outcome."  I hope I can do justice to this verse and give someone the confidence they need that God is not through with them.

I may not know at this very moment what God has in mind for me. But He knows. The way God understands the future and how we understand the future is like a wood carver understanding of a dirty old round log and our understanding of a dirty old round log. The wood carver looks at the log and paces back and forth. He takes out a chain saw and makes a couple of cuts and then looks at it again.

 Then we walk up and say, "What is that?" He tells us it’s a bear we respond, "Well, it doesn't look like a bear to us.  It looks like a dirty old round log with a couple of cuts in it.”

 But the wood carver says with confidence, "It's coming. It's a work in progress. I have a vision, a plan." The wood carver is thinking about the end result even though he has only made a couple of seemingly meaningless cuts.

 How many times have you and I looked at our unfinished lives in the same way we might look at a plain old dirty round log. Things may not be going as expected. Life is not progressing according to our schedules. So we say, "The Lord must have forgotten about me. The Lord has abandoned me. It's over with." No. The Lord has a vision for your life. He has a plan. You are a work in progress. You are under construction. God is not finished with you yet.

  We only see the beginning. God sees the end from the beginning. We see ourselves as a plain old dirty round log. God sees a masterpiece in progress.  When the wood carver finishes his bear, it’s very detailed, varnished and expensive.  When God finishes with us, we will be complete, sinless and priceless.  God Bless!