This web site is focused on gleaning a "gold nugget" from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the current day of the month. The idea was first proposed to me years ago. After trying it, I found myself seeing the scenarios described in proverbs in my daily living. The option for making wiser decisions was becoming more apparent. The Book of Wisdom has lived up to its billing. Proverbs should not be the entirety of your bible reading, but it can be a valuable part of your daily discipline.
Worth it All
Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 23
Gold Nugget Verse 18:“For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.”
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9) When we set out doing good, it is often a challenge to maintain our endeavors. Sometimes we may wonder if is all worth it. Today’s “gold nugget” reminds us that “… surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.” What is our hope? “Consider the hereafter mentioned in today’s “gold nugget” when we read this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:8, “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, andasa helmet the hope of salvation.” What is the “hope of salvation”? Hope is defined in scripture differently than it is today. “Hope” today is often used as “wish”, meaning to wish for the best. For example, “I hope I get that job”. So today, “hope” means uncertainty with optimism. In scripture, hope doesn’t mean uncertainty, but absolute certainty. It’s simply the waiting period with excitement for what is an absolute certain event. Consider this definition of “Faith” found in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That is to say, we know what is going to happen and we wait with expectation for the time to arrive. Such is the definition of faith concerning salvation; we are waiting with surety of its arrival. Our excitement while waiting is defined as the “hope of salvation”. It’s our faith and hope that carries us through, knowing that our choice to follow Him and His precept are worth every challenge that comes against us. “…our hope will not be cut off. We are guaranteed of the hereafter.
Lord, help us to stay focused and stay the course of obedience in you and love towards others. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us”. (Romans 8:18) Amen