For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
Proverbs 23:18, KJV
Surely there is a future [and a reward], And your hope and expectation will not be cut off.
Proverbs 23:18 AMP
One of the most misappropriated verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The reason thos verse is so misapplied to lives is that many people tend to think God will never let them suffer but only prosper.
The full context of this verse is that God is sending Israel into exile as punishment for breaking His covenant! He orchestrated suffering!
But it was for a future glory!
Using the two different translations today was for showing how rich today’s verse is.
We need the reminder that there is a tomorrow. Today’s struggles are temporary, because the future is coming.
That future may have problems. In fact, God also told us that a great time of suffering will happen before the Lord’s return.
But the temporal future has an end, when Jesus returns!
Just as Jeremiah reminded us, there will be suffering, but God has a plan! Yes, things will get bad, but remember that He holds the future. This gives us hope!
Trust in Jesus, and the future holds our reward of eternal friendship and peace.