Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
The summer temperatures have been in the 100’s for a week. When it doesn’t even cool down at night, I can start to feel sick, and I don’t think it is just because my body is overheated. I wonder if I don’t feel well because my hope in a lower temperature is deferred day after day? Could it be I am heart sick because my desire for cooler weather is withering like the plants? And isn’t it true that cooler temperatures will eventually prevail? Courageously waiting for hope to come from God takes time.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!
In our spiritual lives it is hard to separate hope and waiting, for at the end of waiting are fulfilled desires. But there is a wisdom in how you and I wait. The Scriptures reminds us that our hope and desire are not to be deferred to people or riches or things of this world but the eternal realities of salvation, deliverance, light, grace, goodness and mercy found only in the Kingdom of God.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
Strength and wisdom are required to defer in a healthy, wholehearted way to the hope God imparts rather than let the heart become sick and impatient. The gift of hope in our times of greatest need comes wrapped in wisdom from God alone.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
Ultimately, may the wisdom of hope be a desire fulfilled in my life and yours.