"For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?" (Job 27:8). "O God, Thou art my God… my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is… Thy lovingkindness is better than life"(Psalm 63:1,3). "My son, attend unto My wisdom, and bow thine ear to My understanding… lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years unto the cruel" (Proverbs 5:1,9). "What is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?" (Luke 9:25).
The hypocrite labors in vain
To hopelessly cloak his behavior,
For what, in the end, does he gain,
Since he has rejected the Savior?
How dry are the wells of this land
Which never can quench the soul's thirst!
Apart from God's love, life is bland,
And wells without water are cursed.
How vain is the life that is spent
By those who are closing their ears,
Refusing God's call to repent
And wasting their few precious years.
How tragic, O God, is the loss
Of those who will lose their own soul,
Who forfeit the gain of Your cross,
Rejecting redemption so full!