The state of the union is an annual event of expectations.
Last night, conservatives had great expectations of the President rallying the nation to the conservative vision and agenda.
Last night, liberals were expecting to demonstrate, through their protests and rebuttal, that the President is wrong and the country should rally around them to resist the President's agenda.
I expect that some expectations were disappointed on both sides; typically they are. Let's leave that discussion to the analysts and spin doctors for the next few days. I want to talk about a different expectation.
All of us have expectations about our life. We have expectations about our schooling. We have expectations about our jobs. We have expectations about our relationships and our accomplishments.
But the expectation I'm talking about is what we expect when our physical life here is finished. What do you expect to happen when you die? The universal testimony of our planet and history is that we believe death is not the end of our existence. At least, for most of us, we expect there to be something more. Will your expectation be realized or will it be disappointed? It's a big question. The answer is equally big, albeit simple.
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. Proverbs 10:28 KJV
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness. Their expectation will be realized. They will enjoy their existence once they have passed from this life to the next. This is, in one form or another, the expectation of everyone.
The expectation of the wicked shall perish. Perish. The word means to die. The expectation of the wicked will not be realized. It will perish, because they will perish. This is not the simple ending of their existence. It is the beginning of endless pain as a just punishment for their crimes.
The wicked shall be turned into hell... Psalm 9:17 KJV
So the only question remains is, who are the wicked and who are the righteous? The answer is very simple, everyone is wicked. Look at the following evidence:
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3 KJV
We were made by God. He created this world, our ancestors and us. Therefore, as the verse states, we belong to God. Everything we are, we owe to God. Therefore it is only fitting that we make Him the center of our lives.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:30 KJV
It is only reasonable that the God who has made us and provided everything for us, deserves our love. But we have failed miserably.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21 KJV
And it isn't just a few of us, or most of us. No. All of us are equally guilty and equally wicked.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:10-12 KJV
So does that mean that all of us will perish? Everyone can expect to burn in Hell forever? No, because although we began as wicked, we have the opportunity to become righteous. God not only created us and provided for us, He also had mercy on us when we betrayed Him. God loves us so much that He sent Jesus Christ to take the punishment we deserved so that we can enjoy the glad expectation of the righteous.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Corinthians 5:21-1 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV
Our part is to simply ask God for His forgiveness, trusting that Jesus Christ is enough to change us from wicked to righteous.
So what about you? What are your expectations for the end of your life here? Will you enjoy the gladness of the righteous, or will your expectations perish with you in Hell? If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to talk with you further about how you can be saved. I'm not selling anything. I don't want any subscriptions. It will only be a discussion on how you can know you have eternal life from the Bible. God bless!