However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
-1 Corinthians 2:9
Do you ever wonder about the future?
In our world today, it can seem hard to imagine that better days are ahead. The constant flow of negative news and anxiety-inducing headlines can make it feel as though things are getting worse every day.
Where do we find our hope that God will make things better? Is He even listening?
When writing to the Christians in Corinth, Paul reminded the believers to stand firm on the promises that God was with them. As followers of this resurrected man Jesus, these believers found themselves hated, ridiculed, and persecuted by the religious leaders as well as the political rulers. The stress and fear were causing the believers to begin to lose hope and fight with one another in their own church!
When hope seemed all but lost, Paul wrote a letter to remind the Corinthians that their true hope for the future was found in something that had already happened in the past. Reaching back to the prophet Isaiah, Paul connected God’s promise of surprise deliverance with the reality of Jesus’s fulfillment in His life, death, and resurrection. When we know what God has already done in defeating death through Christ, nothing about our future can scare us!
When we approach Scripture, we find pages full of promises from a God who knows our fears yet reminds us of His love. In Jesus, we find what should be our biggest fears have been overcome by a never-ending love. With Jesus’s death on the cross, God reminds us that we could never imagine all the amazing things He has in store!
Questions For Reflection on 1 Corinthians 2:9
#1 Are you someone who is naturally anxious for the future? Write down some of the things that you often fear may or may not happen.
#2 If God has prepared great things for those who love Him, how does that change how you view the future? Does it cause you to live with more boldness and courage?
Lord God, no eye has seen, no ear has heard of the great things that You have for those who love You. I love You, Lord, and I long to see and hear those amazing things that you have in store for me in my future. Thank you for Jesus Christ, who came and made a way for me to truly love you so that I can live with boldness knowing that I have a future in heaven with You!
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.