Proverbs 13:12: "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life."
I have had many times in my life where I have hoped for something but then been disappointed and yet there have been many times that I have desired to have something and it came true. I can agree with this verse that when we have hoped for something and it doesn’t come true it does make the heart sick. The same can be said when a desire is realized we feel a sense of joy and euphoria.
Some people think that whether or not something comes true or not is just a matter of chance. It depends upon what you trust in, if you are trusting in chance then life just becomes a gamble. And if things don’t work out then it was just fate.
But you and I are not like the rest of the world, for we don’t walk by our feeling or by what we see. No we walk by faith and that means that we trust in the loving character of God. When I have desires that are good and wholesome and would not only benefit me but others, I believe that my loving Heavenly Father put those desires in my heart.
You say but what about those time when hope is deferred, then yes my heart gets sick or disturbed but I also must remember that I am trusting in His love and His character. That means that no good thing will He withhold from me. That means that He loves me with an everlasting love He tells me that if I will trust Him that He will open up the store house of heaven and He challenges me to see if this is not what He will do.
But in those times when the desire I had didn’t get realized then I must understand that He has what is best in mind for me. It might be hard for me to understand but His plans are always better for me. So there are times He says No and there are times He says wait. But once again the thing that keeps me from becoming sick is I know He loves me and He has my best interest at heart.
I heard a story of a young man who was really trying to walk with the Lord in every area of life. He didn’t like his job and felt he wasn’t going anyplace. Another company had an opening, a better job, more money so after much prayer he applied. The job came down to him and another guy, the company called and asked do you want the job, the problem with it was every time he prayed he could not get peace about taking this job. So he told the other company he needed more time for he was hoping that the Lord would give him peace in taking the new job. The other company said no they couldn’t give any more time. So the young guy in obedience to the Lord didn’t take the job. This was a time that hope had been deferred and his heart was sick. He even felt the Lord had let him down and he was a little angry with the Lord.
One year later the young man had been promoted in the company he was with, to a job he really enjoyed, making more money than he could have ever imagined. And the other company went belly up and shut down. He realized that if he had taken the job he would have missed the opportunity with his company and he would have been out of a job. But he also realized why that God had not given him peace in his decision at that time.
Are you trying to make a decision, then what is God telling you. When He gives you peace in an area then He is saying go ahead, but when He has not given you peace, He is saying wait. May the Lord give us discernment in our life!
- Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor Jesus Loves.
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