Job 8:11-13 ” Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass. Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.”

This illustration in Job explains well just how fragile human beings are when they are far from God. Or as Jeremiah observes, “The heart that turns away from the Lord is like a bush in the wastelands.” (Jeremiah 17:6) Life without God is full of pessimism and hopelessness, and a path leading only to death. While the way to God is full of hope, eternal promise and a flourishing life. Proverbs 10:28 sums it up best, “The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.”

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