Hope Deferred?

Published January 18, 2017 by birdieklh

Proverbs 13:12 is a very small but completely accurate description of the effects of broken dreams/delayed hopes/unfulfilled desires, etc.

“Hope postponed grieves the heart; but when a dream comes true,
life is full and sweet.” VOICE 

There are so many translations out there yet they all so expressively pinpoint what one feels when faced with situations continuing to NOT be what you know in the depth of your being should be.

For MANY years the Lord may have planted words of hope, dreams, vision for your life within your spirit. These words may have been spoken over you time after time by various people over the years. They may have been spoken into your heart directly through Holy Spirit during times of intimate worship. You have taken them to heart, questioning “how?” You may even have put much time into study, preparation, lots and lots of prayer. Yet, over and over again, someone else is selected to do the very things that God told you He had set you apart to do. Again, you find yourself questioning, this time, “why?” or “how long?”

There are moments when on the brink of despair, thinking that you heard wrongly, but then you reflect upon how many times the word was spoken over you . . . you reflect upon ALL the many promises God has fulfilled in the past . . . and ponder . . . why is this one not happening?!

You reach the point of giving up all hope of it ever coming to pass, then, someone else (or in my case, several people) start speaking it over you again and hope begins to arise once more. Not only rising, but soaring, tears of joy streaming down your face as you remember the promises of old and the years of waiting and preparations . . . now, finally, it seems to be just around the corner. Your heart feels so light. You spend your days rejoicing in God’s loving reminders that He has had specific plans for you and it was simply a time of waiting . . . THEN IT HAPPENS . . . not once, not twice, not three times . . . you are overlooked – you are not even considered – someone else is doing that which has been promised to you. The crushing effect felt upon your emotions. The tearing at your heartstrings. “But, Lord, You just reminded me that the time was now . . . I don’t understand!”

You rejoice with your brothers and sisters that are being used, that is absolute! Yet, you find yourself waking up with tears because the reminder that it is still not you. Why, after finally getting to the point where you have decided that you were giving up that, that it really didn’t matter, you were going to focus on other areas of ministry . . . God reminds you through words, words and more words; hope blossoms once more . . .  then, nothing . . . why? It would have been so much easier on your heart if He had allowed you to keep the promise on a shelf . . . but, for reasons only He knows and understands (and it is for our good and His glory, according to His Word), He spoke them as a reminder over you again.

So, you wait . . .  you continue trusting . . . you allow His love to permeate your being, and His peace to wash over you. You remind yourself of His unchanging faithfulness in other areas of your life throughout the years. You know. You have experienced it! He has always come through at just the right time with provision, with healing, with peace, with joy, with ______________(fill in the blank), why should this be any different? When it IS His perfect timing, the fruit will be sweet! The joy will be full! The tree will bring abundant life!

An old song comes to mind:

TEACH ME, LORD

Time: 3:22 / by Stuart Hamblen / Hamblin Music / ASCAP
 
Teach me, Lord, to wait – down on my knees.
Till in your own good time you’ll answer my pleas.
Teach me not to rely on what others do.
But to wait in prayer for an answer from you.
 
Chorus
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Teach me, Lord, Teach me, Lord, to wait!
 
Teach me, Lord, to wait – while hearts are aflame.
Let me humble my pride and call on your name.
Keep my faith renewed and my eyes on thee.
Let me be on this earth what you want me to be.
 
Chorus
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Teach me, Lord, Teach me, Lord, to wait!

Abba Father, we know Your love for us is unending. We know that You are faithful to complete that which You have begun in us, Philippians 1:6. We know that you cannot lie, Numbers 23:19. Help us, Abba, not to question but to fully trust and equip us to continue serving You as we are now without the ‘but’ or the ‘if only’. Thank You that You have a plan for our lives and even as you speak over us what those plans are, You also have the timing that is just perfect for us as well. May we continue on in worship and in service all the days of our lives, may we bring You glory and honor in everything we say and do. No doubts, no regrets, nothing but hearts of love towards You and those you’ve placed around us. amen

Dear ones, this life we live is NOT about ‘feelings’. Yes, hope deferred can make the heart sick (feel like it is tearing apart), but as we focus on Him and NOT on us we can life a life that is pleasing to Him and the Tree of Life will be ours for all eternity!

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but the desire [that] cometh to                      pass is a tree of life.” Prov 13:12 DARBY 

We can say with FULL CONFIDENCE that our HOPE is IN Christ Jesus our Lord . . . that is a hope that will NEVER be deferred, and that IS the Tree of Life which as the sweetest fruit for us to partake of . . . so . . . REJOICE!!!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

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