Hope for the Future

12 Oct

Proverbs 23:17-18

Sterling Principle # 14No hope

Don’t for a minute envy careless rebels; soak yourself in the fear-of-God—that’s where your future lies.  Then you won’t be left with an armload of nothing.

Without hope for the future there is no peace in the present.  Those who seek notoriety by senseless killing have neither.  The seeds of fame are planted in their hearts as they read of others who achieved notoriety by killing.  If they would have known the Bible they would been warned against envy of carless rebels and the antidote—respect for God. Instead they exchanged the peace God could give them with an armload of nothing.

We who bask in God’s peace in our daily lives must double our efforts at sharing God’s antidote.  We must not sequester ourselves in holy huddles and point fingers at sinners.  We must discover new and creative ways of sharing God’s love. We share His love by reaching out to those in need.  God has given each of us abilities and passions that are to be used to share His love and peace with others.

By planting seeds of kindness to those in need we are showing respect to God.  That is the antidote to ending up with an armload of nothing.  When we use all of our time, energy and passions in padding our own bank accounts—we are actually encouraging the careless rebels of society to carry out their evil deeds.  Let’s be about the business of sharing God’s peace, found in His Word, in order to give others hope for the future.  The future is in our hands.

God’s Question: Will you share My hope and peace with another?

God’s Promise: I comfort those who comfort others.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your amazing peace that soothes our ills.

I am sorry I hoard Your peace instead of sharing it.

Thank You for Your precious Word that instills hope.

Help me be a “carrier” of Your love and hope to others.

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