Friday, June 7, 2019

Proverbs 11:7 -- On Expectation and Hope

"When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth."
Proverbs 11:7

I like this, not because it warns us not to be bad, though it does a good job of that, but because of what it means on the positive side.  If a wicked man's expectation shall perish, that probably means that a righteous persons's expectation will not.  And if the hope of the unjust perishes, then hopefully the hope of the just will last.  By telling us what the wicked won't have, God is also telling us what the rest of us can have, if we avoid becoming wicked or repent of our wickedness.

I like the idea of having our expectation.  I mean, to have that we have to have righteous expectations, but I think that God has amazing, miraculous things in store for us, so as long as we stay centered on the Lord I'm not sure we can dream too large.  Everything that is virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, right? :)

Today, let's have righteous expectations, and let's stay focused on the Lord and be good and just so that those things don't perish in us.  Let's work out our salvation with God and have hope in Christ, looking forward to am amazing future in this life and an even better eternity.

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