An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020


(Pro 10:28 KJV) The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

“Hope” (8431) is one of the great New Testament words.  That hope produces “gladness” (8057).  This is assurance.  This is guarantee.  This is payoff.  No empty wishing is involved here; God will deliver.

But wait.  We are not in the New Testament, we are in the Old.  

Hope is contrasted with “expectation” (8615b).  This is the kind of hope that comes through politics and economics.  It is generated when we feel we are in control or have made the right decision.  It allows us to pat ourselves on the back.  

So?  I am free to have my expectations about the economy and to plan for them.  On eternal issues my only plan is to trust in Jesus. 

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