Proverbs 11:5 – 8 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
Have you ever asked someone if he, or she were saved, or going to heaven after death, only to hear, “Well I hope so?”
Almost everyone hopes someday they will end up in the place we call heaven. There are probably as many different ideas of heaven as there are people. Everyone pictures heaven with the golden streets, and the pearly gates just a little different from the next. However, when you think of hell, most everyone envisions some sort of pain, and torment. When asked where someone wishes to spend eternity, seldom would you hear “I think I would rather go to hell than heaven.” I have never officiated at any funerals where someone walked up and said, I sure hope they are in hell when I get there.
Heaven is the hope of almost everyone. However, there is only one sure way to get there. That is to put your faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, and His righteousness. It’s to accept what He did as the total payment for your sin. Yet many unsaved people are hoping someday they will be saved before they die, but they’re not ready to make today that day.
Hoping to make it somehow is not good enough. In today’s verses, it says; “When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.” All his hoping will be over, and hell will become an eternal reality.
Hope of eternal life was not created for the lost. Hope is given freely to those who are justified in Christ. When life is over here on earth, our hope of eternity will just have begun.
I am so glad that we do not have to live a hope so life when it comes to salvation. I know Jesus really died for my sins, and that He forgave me when I accepted Him. He is my only HOPE.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
2 Kings 6 – 9 / Proverbs 11:5 – 8
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1 Samuel 21-24 / Luke 20:27-47
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