Jeremiah 31:17 KJV
And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.
The prophet Jeremiah was not a doom and gloom man as some have suggested. He was a man of God and therefore he preached truth. He made the people aware of their sin and counseled them to surrender to God's chastening but he also was committed to the message that there is hope in the end.
- Though the prospects seemed dark
- Though we know they got even darker and
- Though the Bible tells us they will be darker still upon the whole earth
There is, with faith in Christ, hope that is brighter than any darkness the forces of Satan can deliver.
Jeremiah's ultimate message was not of judgment but of hope. His true purpose was to bring the people beyond the surrender to judgment to a surrender in God's hope.
And so is the message of the Bible preacher today. He must not park on judgment, chastening and wrath but always point his hearers through them to the light of hope.