Ends in gladness

Such are the paths of all who forget God;
    the hope of the godless shall perish. – Job 8:13

As one commentary puts it, we have the incredible pleasure of exercising the grace of hope when it comes to the future – for the future is where hope resides. By putting our joy in the hope that is found in the glory of God, we find our strength to stay firm in our faith – our foundation – until the end.  Hope is our entrance into God’s joy.  We are not ashamed of our hope now and will not be disappointed in the hereafter either.

Unfortunately for the one who puts their hope in something else – wealth, honour, pleasure, long life, pursuit of happiness or possibly even in something that would help them escape God or the ideal of being eternally punished – these are based on the wrong foundations and all of these will just make one more frustrated.

A wicked man is always imposing on himself by the hope of God’s mercy and final happiness; and he continues hoping, till he dies without receiving that mercy which alone would entitle him to that glory. – Adam Clarke

Our hope ends in gladness.  Just to be clear one more time – what is our hope?  It is a hope placed in God and that He is true to His Word.  Our salvation is true because God has done what was necessary to pay for our sins.  The Old Testament revealed what was necessary for that to take place and Jesus Christ fulfilled and gave the ultimate sacrifice, once and for all, when He died on the cross and paid the price for sin – forever.  Because of what God has done, and in whom we believe, we have gladness. Our joy is in receiving God’s grace found in Jesus Christ. Our gladness is the gift of salvation found only in Jesus.

The expressions in the Bible on hope indicate that hope is a sure fact, it will happen, written for eternity. So our gladness is assured for eternity.

The hope of the righteous ends in gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing. – Proverbs 10:28

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness

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