Proverbs 26: King James Bible
Never Lose Hope – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 12
12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Never Lose Hope
Up to this point, this chapter has given us insight into the ways and consequences of the fool. The verse above is transitional, shifting focus from the fool to the sluggard. Regardless, this verse tells us that though there may not be too much, there is still reason for the fool and the conceited to have hope. It’s on their shoulders to adhere to that though…
In the last handful of devotionals, I repeatedly stated that the fool is not without hope. This verse is my biblical reasoning behind those statements.
We’re not just being told to never lose hope for the fool, but there is also hope for those who are wise in their own conceit. There’s just all that much less hope available to the conceited. For the purposes of this devotional, we’re going to talk about the matter of hope as it relates to everyone.
I’ve taken a look in the bible, and there isn’t one place where the Lord tells anyone that they are hopeless, without hope, or anything of the like. However, man has stated it several times.
People still do. There are always people out there that feel hopeless, will tell you they are without hope, or believe that they don’t deserve to have hope. I’m sure there are many different ways we can come up with examples. Perhaps some of us have had times in our lives where we felt totally without any hope.
We are the ones who wind up making a declaration of being without hope, not the Lord. We are the ones who get overcome by the feelings of hopelessness, when we are the ones who are supposed to be overcomers in Christ Jesus.
If there is hope reserved for the fool, and if there’s any amount of hope reserved for the sluggard even though being wise in his own conceit, why in the world are the children of God making proclamations of hopelessness? We should never lose hope. Could it be, that we might be placing our hopes in all the wrong things?
This is a possibility, whether or not your’re a believer in Christ. We can place faith in all the wrong places, and yield fruit. It may be rotten fruit, but there is still an effect from placing faith into anything. That is why Jesus tells us to have faith in God after talking about having faith to move mountains. The prophet Jeremiah brings up an awesome fact:
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
Never lose hope when your hope is the Lord. Why bring up faith? Because faith is the evidence of hope. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. If you want to get to the root of what you are placing your faith in, examine what it is you are hoping for.
Is it the blessed hope? Are we looking for that blessed hope, the appearance of our Lord? Or are we looking for stuff? Jesus tells us a thing or two about stuff, and to sum it up, he told us that when we seek the Lord, his Kingdom, and his righteousness, these things will be added to us.
So which is our focus? Do we seek the Lord for stuff’s sake? Well, we’d be found placing our hope on stuff rather than the Lord, and might be counted among those who service the Lord with our lips, but our heart being far from him.
Which is more important: The stuff or the one who created the stuff? Have faith in God the Father, place your hope on God the Father, seek him first, and you’ll find him first.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Titus 2: King James Bible
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Hebrews 11: King James Bible
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Thank you for this verse, which reminds us that there is hope for those who seem to be hopeless. That there is no such thing of being hopeless before going the way of the grave. Help all who do feel like they are without hope, to regroup, and place their hopes in you, rather than things that will rot or die, or are made by the hand. Teach us how to seek you and your Kingdom first, so that we won’t have to take thought of the things that pertain to our lives. The things that you know we have need of, which your Word says you will add unto us should we place our hope and trust in you, seeking you first. Lead us all in this we pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isn’t it hard to never lose hope when you are placing your hopes in things that can lose?