Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year’s Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it all means?”
“Aha, you’ll know tonight,” answered Max smiling broadly.
At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her a small package. Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: “The meaning of dreams.”
Some people dream of having a better future. But that’s all it turns out to be—a dream. Dreams are not guaranteed to come true.
Hope, on the other hand, is different. It’s not some pipe dream or wishful thinking. It’s an expectation. And, from a Biblical standpoint, the believer’s hope for a better future is sure to come true.
And when I say better future, I’m thinking of the time that the prophets foretold—a time that will be happier than, for example, receiving a diamond ring. We know that such a time is coming because the prophets were moved by a higher Power than their own.
The Apostle Peter declared, “…for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God,” (2 Peter 1:21, New American Standard Bible, NASB).
We can be assured there will be a better future—more wonderful than anyone can dream of—because it is promised through divine revelation Therefore, we are absolutely certain beyond the shadow of a doubt that our hope is valid and reliable. Without the intervention of God’s Holy Spirit, all other sources for predicting the future are futile, false, and faulty.
In his book, Systematic Theology, Dr. Alva Huffer wrote,
Apart from divine revelation, man cannot know what the future holds. Man cannot acquire information about the future through fortune tellers, spiritualist mediums, or the oracles of Delphi. He cannot learn what the future holds by observing cloud formations, flights of birds, position of stars in the sky, lines in a person’s hand, bumps on one’s head, tea leaves, and similar superstitions. Divine revelation is man’s only source of knowledge concerning the future.
From God’s Word, we are promised that an age is coming when all things will be restored to the way God intended before there was sin in the world. It will commence when Jesus Christ returns to earth and establishes God’s kingdom. When we give our lives to Christ and repent of our sins, we have the hope that a better time will come.
The Apostle Peter said,
Repent, then, and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped away, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus, the Christ, who has been appointed for you. Heaven must take Him in until the time comes for the restoration of all things, which God announced long ago through His holy prophets. For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He tells you.…(Acts 3:19-21, Berean Study Bible, BSB).
Christians are looking forward to a better future for they have the “blessed hope” of Jesus’ coming (Titus 2:11-14) and all that he will do when that time comes (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1-4). As each year comes and each year goes, we anticipate that wonderful time. We do not know the day nor the hour of his coming (Matt. 24:36, 42-44), but we do know it is coming. And every day that goes by gets us that much closer to it. It’s not just a dream.
Good News to YOU!
And Have a Blessed New Year!
P.S. Here’s Kathy Troccoli singing, “My Life Is in Your Hands”: https://youtu.be/7nA8mMEBb9U