Proverbs 11: King James Bible
Hope in the Lord – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eleven, Verses 7-8
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. 8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Hope in the Lord
Above, the scripture says the the hope of unjust men perishes. When do you think that takes place? I’d say that it can happen after death, and also throughout life.
Throughout life, because all good things come from the Father. Good things doesn’t mean fancy cars, expensive houses, and all the toys that keep us occupied and pleased for a limited amount of time. Sure these things can enhance one’s life, but are these the things that make life good?
The most wealthy folks upon the face of this earth are probably among the most miserable people that are out there. That’s a fairly well known thing. You can have it all, but if you feel miserable, think miserably, and act miserably, stuff tends to just turn into stuff. There’s just no life in stuff.
So, never perceive someone well off to be living the “good life,” because outward appearances are most often harbor something a bit different on the inside. As I said above, all good things come from the Father, not from this world.
As far as the wicked and unjust are concerned, their hope must consist of one thing, and one thing only. That there is no God Almighty to answer to after death. That they are either in some whimsical energy form, zipping across the universe, or that there’s nothing at all.
Or maybe their hope is that they’ve been a good enough person to have earned their way into Heaven, or at the very least, to stay out of hell. That’s what movies like to preach to us, isn’t it?
Bottom line is, this is the most tragic circumstance for anyone to find themselves in. The last words of the Satanist Leader Anton Levey, were reported by a witness as he lay on his death bed to be, “Oh my, oh my. What have I done? There’s something very wrong! There’s something very wrong!”
Death and taxes have nothing on judgement, as it relates to a certain up and coming event for us all. And for far too many, their hope of Shangri La, or winding up in some strange collective consciousness, or partying with the Devil in hell, as if it’s some sort of party, or simple nothingness, or whatever it might be, comes to a crashing close, as they enter into full on comprehension of their up and coming eternity. At that moment, they are in fact, hopeless.
Our hope as Christians, doesn’t rest with the stuff that rises, is built, then goes back to the dust of this world. Not in man, women, bird or beast.
Our hope rests in the Lord, and it’s a blessed hope that we have in him. We have evidence of that hope by way of faith. After all, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, right?
Our hope goes beyond all things that come our way, because we know that we know, our God is bigger than all circumstances or trials. Our trust is in the Lord. Out hope is the Lord. Our future is with the Lord. Glory to the Lord!
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 5: King James Bible
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 15: King James Bible
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15: King James Bible
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Colossians 1: King James Bible
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Hebrews 11: King James Bible
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
1 Peter 1: King James Bible
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Thank you for the hope that you are to us, and the precious promises that you’ve given to us through your Word, and because of Christ Jesus. Thank you for being ever faithful, and giving us the sight, to see through all of life’s mountains, and being greater than all things, our cause for celebration when we enter into your presence. Thank you Lord, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
If you’re a believer, do you recall what it was like having no hope in the Lord?