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When Our Hope Is Deferred

Posted: Sunday, April 19

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14 

 

Verse of the day:

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


The dictionary defines hope as the act of looking forward with desire and reasonable confidence. I define hope as the belief that tomorrow will be better than today. 

This morning I was taken on a tour of a central Milwaukee neighborhood where Habitat for Humanity is in the process of building new homes and rehabbing the existing housing stock. The director of Habitat explained that they are trying to inject hope into an area where people have lost hope; residents have no expectation that things will improve. 

Hope deferred is a paralyzing force in life. Solomon says it makes our heart sick. Hope deferred will often lead us to depression and will turn us away from prayer. It’s an open door for Satan to speak lies into our soul.

 

Deferred hope can look like many things…

- Not getting the job you applied for

- A miscarriage

- A dating relationship that ended

- Persistent health problems 

 

In these difficult times you and I have a source of hope that is widely unknown to unbelievers. In the storms of life God gives us hope that is ‘an anchor for our souls’. (Hebrews 6:19) May you find your hope in Him today.