“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.”Proverbs 13:12 (Amplified Bible)
Have you ever waited patiently on something to take place in your life, and then given notice that it would be delayed? How did it make you feel? Often in our lives as believers, we trust in a trustworthy God to deliver on a promise only to experience a delay in the things we hope for. It is almost a certainty that every believer has had to endure some sort of delay when it comes to our spiritual growth. If we are not careful we will find ourselves, moving away from the grace that is so prevalent in our salvation, and we will begin to work for those things we desire ourselves. The sense of accomplishment fades and we find our heart condition, is quite possibly more depressed than what it felt like to wait.
What are we to do? How are we to get out of this cycle? According to the proverb, it is only when our desire is fulfilled, that we will experience something greater than our present situation, Right?
I am persuaded that too often I have misunderstood the process, in which God uses to mature, and strengthen me. God knows exactly what I need, and he uses deferrals, in my life, so that I can see “Life” through the eyes of Christ. When we are sick we seek medical assistance for the things that ail us. When Our hearts are sick we attempt to self medicate by indulging in activities that often make matters worse , instead of trusting in God who hears and heals.
Trust me, when God is at work it may leave a bad taste in your mouth, but its good for you.
Father, help me to understand that You are not bound by time, nor are You driven by progress reports. Your ways are truly above my ways, and beyond tracing out. I can’t understand how you operate unless you illuminate my understanding. I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus, to fulfill the Law. I thank You for extending Your grace towards us because it is truly amazing. Lord, continue to give me fresh insight so that Your children will be edified. In Jesus Name. Amen.