Proverbs 24: 19-20
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out. NIV
Curiously, one of the most fun things about this project is the hunt for each day’s reminder.
I’m never quite sure where the search will take me. I have several word searches that I’ve begun, but, candidly, I’ve been reluctant to finish any of them in all 66 books of the Bible because, I think, I feared that there would not be 365 reminders and then I would have failed.
But, as each day passes and there seem to be no lack of reminders, I’m gaining confidence that my goal will be achieved.
This morning, I decided to do some clean up on the “worry” list.
I’ve already completely mined The Message for the word “worry.” This morning, I chose the Holman Christian Standard Bible and I found myself in Proverbs. When I looked up this verse in the NIV, it reminded me that I’ve not yet finished the “fret” list … perhaps that’s one to return to tomorrow.
Today, I am reminded that the evil man “has no future hope.”
This is sad to me.
I spent all day yesterday thinking about “waiting” and “hoping” as synonyms.
Last night, during Bible Study, I was reminded that my hope is assured. My God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
But, the evil man, the non-believer, has no future hope.
He IS waiting merely for buses and doctors, and ultimately for an end apart from Jesus.
The evil man has real cause to worry … the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
As I make my way through this day, I’ll think about that. How can I reduce another’s worry by helping him or her to find the path home?
That’s what I’ll think about today.