Proverbs 10:28 ESV – The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Proverbs 11:7 ESV – When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
Proverbs 13:12 ESV – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 19:18 ESV – Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.
Proverbs is a book of truisms. It’s a book of wisdom, mostly written by King Solomon. While I wouldn’t argue that these prooftexts are in context, with the Proverbs usually a single verse can stand alone.
There are some simple points here: The hope of the righteous brings joy, the hope of the wicked perishes when he dies, deferred hope makes your heart heart, and there is still hope for the rebellious ones.
What brings joy to the righteous, separates from the wicked at death, makes us yearn for it while we wait, and yet be there for the rebellious ones? Maybe, just maybe, it’s a great image of Jesus.
He brings us joy. When an unbeliever dies, the chance of salvation no longer exists for him. The longer we have to wait for Heaven, the harder it is for us on Earth. And, no matter what, there is always hope – Jesus is always available for the rebellious ones here.
These few Proverbs point us the the Ultimate Reality that gives us hope – Jesus Christ. If we want real hope in our lives, we must trust in Him.
There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.