Happy and Sad
Proverbs 10:28 (KJV)
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
There would be, I am sure, some practical applications of this passage today. But the key words, hope and perish, lead me to believe that this passage is meant to put eternity in mind.
The Bible says that the Christian has hope but the one who is without Christ is also without hope.
Jesus promised that those who believe in him have everlasting life but that those who do not believe are condemned to perish.
Now consider the expectation of the wicked concerning eternity. It might take one of three forms:
- It does not matter
- We just die and turn to dust
- God will not send anyone to hell
I want to say it does matter.
Death and hell are serious matters. Eternity lasts forever. This brief life is over in a breath. What happens beyond that grace is forever.
I want to say that there is something after death
The Bible assures it to be so. The resurrection of Christ proves it to be so. Every fiber of human being demands it to be so.
I want to say that soul will be and are now in hell.
Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus informs us that souls do go to eternal hell.
The wicked man’s expectations about his future will perish. They will be dashed to pieces in the rocks of eternal reality. But that same wicked man can be made righteous by coming to Jesus. What gladness awaits him at the foot of the cross of Jesus!
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