Proverbs 17:23-25 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
Occasionally you will hear people say things like, “I hope that comes true,” or, “Hope for the best!” What they really mean by that is that they are desiring the best outcome, or I am wishing that would come true. There is no assurance, and no guarantee tied to their hope. It is wishful thinking at best.
Our verse today says; “the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.” What it’s saying is that they run back and forth on this earth, trying one theory after another, in an attempt to find some satisfaction. However, what they are seeking can only be found in an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.
When the bible speaks about hope, it is not referring to that kind of dreamy wishful hope. Biblical hope is a sure thing. When you place something in a hope chest, you know the item is there. Your hope is for the day to come. That thing placed in the hope chest is sure, but what lies ahead in life, and how you might use that item is still a mystery. So it is in our salvation. When I placed my faith in Christ, in so doing I placed my life in His. At that very moment, my salvation became a sure thing. I no longer wonder if I will get to heaven when I die, I know that is sure. My hope for eternity is no longer a wishful dream, but a confidence in Christ and His Word. Jesus fulfilled any dreamy desires of eternal life, and all wishful hope is gone. Jesus became my answer to hope, and therefore He is my hope.
Do I know what heaven will be like? Well, not completely. What’s ahead is still a mystery. However, my vision in life has changed. I now have a single focus to know and grow closer to God. Life’s much easier with only one thing to do.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Edward Mote, a cabinetmaker who later became a preacher, one morning in 1834, on his walk to work, wrote a song that explains it quite well. It says, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus Name…” All I can say to that is, AMEN.
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Isaiah 1 – 4 / Proverbs 17:23-25
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Job 9-12 / Acts 19:23-41
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