When Our Hope Is Deferred
Posted: Sunday, April 19
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