Devotional 5/5

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

… identify which longings are worthy, and… create a plan to enjoy the realization of their fulfillment. 

Forbes

Hope is very underrated! It is necessary to combat the unexpected and the disappointments, and it’s necessary to keep a healthy heart and a good attitude. Hope deferred truly does make the heart sick.

This scripture is like the decisions we make in life: we either focus on the good or the bad. one part of the scripture says: hope deferred makes the heart sick. And we can be tempted to focus only on this part! But the second part of the scripture says, that when a desire is met: it brings life. The Lord God came to give us life; He did not come to make our hearts sick! God is in the business of mending broken hearts. Knowing the character of God helps us believe that God wants to fulfill our longings or desires.

There are countless stories in the Bible of people who struggled with deep longings. God made them wait, and go through situations which could have easily made their hearts sick, but in the end God delivered. One of my favorite stories is Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel. She longed for a child, and after years of being taunted by Peninnah… God granted her the desire of her heart (1 Sam. 1-2).

God is ready and willing, as long as we have the courage to believe again. Your perception of life is very important: do not focus on the negative parts of your life- focus on the positive!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for your living word. Thank you for answering our prayers and giving us our hearts desires. You’re an awesome God, thank you for your never ending love. Help your children to keep believing Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

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