Verse 12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
Having to wait for something we really desire can be very difficult. As a matter of fact, today’s “gold nugget” declares that it can even make the heart ache, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick...”. This sick heart feeling often makes us forgo any wait. Whether it is waiting on the person we should marry, the job we should change to, the car or house we should buy, any of those can make the heart even sicker in the long run if the wait is cut off prematurely. The old saying thats says, good things comes to those who wait is exemplified in this passage. Look closely at the latter half of today’s “gold nugget”. “…but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” There are some things that just cannot be rushed. I know it can be hard, but it will be worth it. Patience is a virtue and it belongs to the virtuous. Be virtuous. Wait on God to deliver the desires of your heart. He will do so at the right time. If you don’t wait, you could bring difficulty into a relationship, be trapped in a dead in job or maybe end up in a high car or house note that you can’t afford. I would rather have a sick heart from waiting now than a broken heart later. I’ve had both and the latter is worse. Know this - God is aware of your heartache and the important thing to remember is how much He cares. It may be possible that He is waiting on you before He moves on your behalf. He may have the spouse you need, but out of love for that person He won’t put them through what He is waiting to fix in you first. Maybe you are so focused on what you want that you won’t allow God to show you what He needs to prepare in you first. It’s possible that He is working on something in them before bringing the two of you together. Either way, trust God and serve Him to the fullest while you wait.
Lord, sometime it is hard to wait on the things I feel like I need or want in this life. Give me the spiritual maturity to wait for them and trust you for the right now. Amen
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