As a result of the political news, events and debates, I have sensed hopelessness in myself and in others. I knew that I could not stay in or even entertain this mindset. Hopelessness is defeat; and my Bible tells me that I am victorious in Him. So why don’t I feel victorious? I’ve been looking and listening to the wrong sources, the negative reports being spoken.
Prophecy by simple definition is the foretelling of the future. Someone who speaks a prophecy is referring to something that will take place in the future – could be short term or long term. If the prophecy is truly from the Lord, it will come true. (Amos 3:7 & 1 Corinthians 14:32-33) The problem with prophecy, at times, is the waiting period of when the prophecy is given and when it comes to pass. In the Old Testament, a false prophet was condemned for giving a false prophecy. Praise God, the New Testament prophet is not held to that same standard of judgment. There are some prophecies that will still await their appointed time long after some believers have gone to be with the Lord.
Let’s look at the story of Moses and Israel. God made His covenant with Abram in Genesis 15. Then, right after He established His covenant with Abram, the Lord told him that His people would be in bondage for 400 years. 400 years! So once the bondage began, there was actually a calendar to watch. The Jewish people understood the words of the Lord and His prophecy. They knew that they would be in bondage 400 years – not 401. So they cried out to God to be delivered from their oppression, according to Exodus 2:23-25. Then in Exodus 3:10 God told Moses that He had chosen him to deliver His people out of bondage. That was a long awaited fulfillment of prophecy – 400 years! Yet, having that prophecy still gave them hope, which I would image; they passed down through the generations.
I believe New Testament prophecy should always encourage and draw us to the Lord. A prophetic word should always point us back to the One who prophesies to us.
Even through the afflictions of the Israelites and their years of bondage, hope still glimmered within them, as small as it might have seemed. We know the story. Not only did the Israelites leave Egypt, but they plundered the possessions of the Egyptians before they left. God did not just free them; He restored wealth that had been stolen from them. (Exodus 3:21-22)
Recently, I have read some prophecies regarding the United States, and I have been encouraged. Only time will test out those words. However, while I’m waiting, my hopelessness has turned into hope and anticipation of a good future. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that it is God’s desire for us –“to give you a future and a hope.”
Prophecy brings hope, reminding me that God is still in control and on the throne, even though I already know it. My focus is realigned with the Lord. My attention is not given to the negative reports, but I am drawn to the King of Glory who with Him all things are possible. (Matthew 19:22)
No matter what my circumstances are, I am given hope through the Word of God. Let’s remember that out of nothing the world was created by God. It was spoken into existence – something which did not exist now exists.
Romans 4:17 (NKJV) 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations,” in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
I love Romans 4:17. He truly is our Father who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.