Those who are not followers of Christ find themselves always hoping for something better. The line up buying lottery tickets in the hope of wealth and they seek positions that will give them increased power At the end, death robs them and their hopes die with them.
What a contrast between the salvation offered by Christ and the destruction that is the end of those who reject Him. There are those who are justified by faith and have eternal hope and the others who have no hope other than what is offered in this world.
Yet it is still amazing that while they are living in this world, those who have rejected Christ keep up an air of confident expectation of a certain happiness. Not sure what that means – is it more hypocritical or is not a form of denial and they are caught up in a web of lies that have entangled them to believe it all to be true. Money has always been the greatest expectation that they hope will ease their lives and increase their happiness. Imagine their disappointment when they find that the absolute truth of death separates them from their imagined hope.
The concept of wealth and power in themselves are simple concepts of emptiness and as Ecclesiastes puts it – vanity.
He once flattered himself that though he lived in wickedness—that he would not die in it. He adopted many resolutions to amend, and forsake his wickedness toward the close of life, or upon a death-bed. But Oh! how sorely is he disappointed! After all his promising purposes and hopes—he died as he lived—in wickedness! – (Samuel Davies, “The Objects, Grounds, and Evidences of the HOPE of the Righteous”)
When the wicked die, their hope perishes, and the expectation of the godless comes to nothing. – Proverbs 11:7