"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end." (ASV)
Hope is not something we often find in the world these days. Amid all the wars, crime, violence and hatred it's hard to grasp. It's difficult to imagine a better tomorrow when it seems the world is going crazy all around you.
Right now, there is a panic in the world over global warming. It wasn't so long ago that the scientific community was warning of the impending doom of another ice age. On the news we hear about the imminent threat of nuclear war. It's easy to despair about the state of the world today.
As Christians we have much cause to hope. In Proverbs 23:17-18 we are told "Let not thy heart envy sinners; But be thou in the fear of Jehovah all the day long: For surely there is a reward; And thy hope shall not be cut off." (ASV)
We have hope not only because of the promise of heaven, but also because we know who is in control. We know that the day of Christ's return will come and there will be an end to the fighting and the destruction. "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And every tongue shall confess to God." (Romans 14:11 ASV)