“Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23.11
When you think about the future, what do you envision? Likely there are at least some fear-fear-inducing prospects as well as promising possibilities. The future, it’s been said, is like someone standing before us with their hands behind their back. We don’t know if what they hold is a bouquet or a brickbat. Hidden from our eyes is the reality of either adversity or prosperity, or a likely mixture of both. Whatever may come, we can be assured of this: there IS a future, and our hope will NOT be cut off. Through thick or thin, nothing can deter us from the hope God has set before us. He who promised it is faithful to deliver it, because hope instills within us the confident expectation of fulfillment of that which is promised.
Because hope offers future reward, it enables us to resist short-term sinful gratification: “Don’t let your heart envy sinners; instead, always fear the LORD. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.” Proverbs 23.17-18 Hope puts life in perspective. The wicked seem to get away with their evil schemes, but hope reminds us that theirs is a short-term achievement. Awe and respect of God promises long-term future benefit. The promise of immortality in the age to come is an unfading hope!
Hope prompts right action today in light of future benefits. Thus, hope isn’t just about the future; it’s powerful incentive for today.
- From the upcoming book, "Hope for Uncertain Times."
©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission