Deferred Doesn't Mean Denied
Posted: Tuesday, April 19
Verse of the day:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but a fulfilled longing is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
Proverbs 13 really describes life as it is, doesn’t it? Because how many times have you gotten your hopes up and then… something ambushes everything and your hopes come crashing down. Makes your heart sick, doesn’t it?! You just feel awful—I have been there, and it was then I stumbled across Proverbs 13:12, and did it ever resonate. Hope deferred does make the heart sick.
But wait a minute—stop the press! Read that verse again. It doesn’t say hope crushed makes the heart sick… it says hope deferred. For various reasons we can somehow miss that word “deferred.” We all know that often the Lord does say "No" to some of our requests, even for good and godly things. But is that to say our hope for that good thing is dashed forever? For that matter, is there any purpose to the ongoing prayer that we might yet receive those good things for which we hope? I think there is. Why? Because the word "deferred" is very different from “denied”. As a child of God I am quite sure that I could not possibly have a good or Godly hope or a Christ-honoring desire that I will not find, in some way, completely and eternally fulfilled in heaven.
In other words, our hopes may only be postponed—only deferred. We may yet see that hope fulfilled. God will one day give us what we have hoped for, and much more. And yes, your heart may be mildly sick and disappointed for now; but in a way, this heart sickness is really home-sickness for heaven. Our disappointments are really only a disappointment with earth—the things of earth that can never really satisfy. Hopes will find their fulfillment in Heaven! Heaven…, where all of our desires and longings, great and small alike, will finally be fulfilled within our eternal joy as we bask in the presence of Jesus.