Day 13 of 31 Days of Wisdom
Have you ever had your hopes crushed? Something you wanted so bad and then it just didn’t happen? We probably all can relate to a moment like that. Proverbs 13:12 speaks to that experience:
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
Some people find it hard to hope because they are afraid of being disappointed. They’d rather suppress any desire they have so that if it doesn’t happen, they won’t get hurt. But is that healthy? Is that how we should live our lives, not hoping for the things we desire just in case they don’t happen?
The truth is that hope is given by God. The ability to hope for something is a divine grace. Hope anchors your heart. Hope gives you a vision for the future. Hope inspires you to push past present circumstances. Hope gives you an unexplainable joy and strength. Hope is a great thing!
What I love about this verse is that is says “hope deferred”, not “hope denied”. To defer means to put off for a later time. The verse continues by saying, “but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” Notice that it says, “when the desire comes” not “if the desire comes”. This gives us a picture that God expects our hopes to be fulfilled and our desires to come. Sometimes there is a delay, and in that moment the heart is sick. But thanks be to God that there is a time when our desires come and it is a tree of life.
Here are three things to keep in mind when you are hoping for something:
1) Your hope should be based on a promised blessing found in scripture.
2) Your hope should not be anything that manipulates someone else’s will for selfish gain.
3) Your hope should be followed by faith. Meaning you actively speak the word of God concerning this hope and you actively thank God for the hope coming to pass.
What are some of the things you are hoping for today? In Jesus’ name may it come to pass and may it be a tree of life.