There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 23:18 NIV
Sitting at the southern end of the Fraser Valley, the town of Hope marks the border between the Lower Mainland and the Interior of British Columbia. Surrounded by mountains on nearly all sides, the town is the confluence of two rivers – the Fraser and the Coquihalla – and three highways. Thousands of vehicles pass by Hope each day. In 2018, CBC published a story on Hope’s aspirations to be more than a pit-stop on the highway for people travelling to and from Vancouver. Local residents expressed hope for the future, stating younger people had begun moving to Hope again.
Every now and then I will listen to or read something written by a typical post-modern atheist. One thing I one notice from them all is they offer no hope – in this life or the next. We are alone, a product of millennia of chance and random action. When life gets tough, there is no Creator God who loves us, and when life ends, we simply turn to dust. No hope, no future. What a contrast to what the Bible teaches. Wise King Solomon wrote this to the people of God in Proverbs 23:18: “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Solomon understood that those who put their trust in the Living God will experience His abiding presence. When Jesus came, died and rose again, He assured those who trust in Him that we will experience His forgiveness and receive the gift of eternal life. He promises to never leave us or forsake us, which give us hope in this life and in eternity. In a world with little hope, Jesus offers the wonderful gift of hope.
These have been words from the heart.