Words from the Heart for Sunday October 8th, 2017
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)
Hope Deferred, Longing Fulfilled
Disappointment really can limit our desire to ever “hope again.” We can be disappointed with other people. We can be disappointed when promises are made but not kept. Some of us were failed even as children when our parents did not follow through. We may even feel disappointment with the Lord. Let us lift up our “disappointed” hearts before the Lord. Ask Him to give a fresh, renewed hope. He is altogether trustworthy and does not fail us. He will heal our hearts.
It seems that every time there is a presidential election in the USA, no matter who is elected, some Americans express a longing to move to Canada. After Donald Trump was elected president, it was estimated that some 200,000 people threatened to leave the country. Similarly, the day after George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004 Reuters reported the number of people in America who visited Canada’s immigration website jumped from its daily average of 20,000 to 115,016. Very few actually moved to Canada.
There is no greater joy than when something for which we have been hoping a long time finally comes our way. It seems the longer we have waited, the greater the joy. The Bible speaks about this in Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” The tree of life was the heart of the Garden of Eden and we see it again in Revelation. It is a beautiful picture of the life that we have experienced in Jesus Christ. Solomon uses it an example of the joy that awaits those whose hopes have finally been met. This happens in this world, of course. It can be something like finally attaining the job we’ve dreamt about for years, or in a much more profound way, a wayward child coming at last to Christ. We don’t like the idea of hope deferred. In our fastfood world we want God to answer our prayers immediately. But we must trust God’s timing, with the realization that when our prayers are finally answered, we will experience great joy. So keep on trusting and keep on hoping.
These have been words from the heart.