What an Ending!God & Scripture
Proverbs 23:18 “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off”
I love films that end well, like the ending of Inception, where it keeps you thinking even after the film has finished. That is when a film truly has a good ending, when you still remark about it after the film has finished. It means the purpose of the film does not stop when the film stops. For the believer we have a hope that our heavenly purpose will still continue even when our earthly life stops.
Read through Proverbs 23 & 24 and you will see this phrase ‘future hope’ referenced quite a few times. There seems to be a bit of a pattern and a trend to it. What this phrase means is a ‘hopeful end’. It means looking forward to finishing well, it means storing things up a future experience.
Proverbs 24:20 “for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out”
The opposite of this is that those people who do not live for God do not have a future hope. Their hopes are only present, what they can achieve and gain in life now. Our greatest hope though is the hope of salvation, spending eternity with our Father in Heaven.
Our young adults group went on a residential last weekend, and something that the guest speaker said really struck me. He pointed out that a reason why God might let bad things happen is because God thinks more long term than us. He does not always come and rescue us out of every dire situation because their is a long-term purpose at work. Things may look bleak right now, but God knows there will be a great ending to it all!