All of his hope for his future was absolutely exploding into nothing. I think that just completely destroys somebody in a moment. ~Richard Armitage
Armitage is referring in this quote to a character who must kill his beloved, so the observation is a bit of an understatement! Taking the remarks out of that specific context, however, there is a bit of a message here.
When we do not have hope, we are destroyed. In desperate situations–times of war, for example–those without hope have no strength to carry on. They give up and are lost. In contrast, those who hope that better days are coming, fight strength to live another day.
Proverbs 29:18 suggests that “Without vision, the people perish.” Vision can be equated with hope in this situation. You have to be able to imagine a better future, and if you can begin to actually formulate plans to improve the future, so much the better. Vision is hope.
I know someone who is going through a bitter divorce at the moment. Bitterness, agony, rejection and depression are sucking hope out of life, and there is no positive vision. Unable to hear that he holds in his own hands the ability to create his own happiness, helplessness has overwhelmed him.
The second part of Proverbs 29:18 adds, “but he that keeps the law is happy.” I’m not sure how vision fits with keeping the law. How does do they relate to each other? The idea of obedience bringing happiness fits with theocratic governance, of course, but vision and obedience seem somewhat at odds. Those who take the vision and make it power have the joy of living in a spirit of grace, whether or not they’re happy with the law.