Proverbs 13:12 – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.” – Amplified.
Have you ever waited patiently on something to take place in your life, only to receive notice, that it would be delayed? How did it make you feel? Often in our walk as believers, we trust in a trustworthy God to deliver a promise in our life only to experience a delay in the things we hope for. Almost certainly every believer has had to endure some sort of delay when it comes to our spiritual growth in God. If we are not careful we will find ourselves, moving away from the grace in which is so prevalent in our salvation, and we begin to find ourselves working for the things we desire. The sense of accomplishing works for Christ only momentarily, providing a source of fulfillment. If we are not careful we might find our heart condition, more downcast than our previous encounter.
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 experience something greater than our present situation. Right?
I am persuaded that I have misunderstood the process, which God uses to mature and strengthen me much too often. God knows exactly what I need, and he uses deferrals, in my life, that I might see “Life” through the eyes of Christ. When we are sick we seek medical assistance for those things that ail us. When Our hearts are sick we attempt to self-medicate with things that often make the matter worse. Instead, we need to learn to trust in God who hears and heals us.
Trust me, when God is at work it may leave a bad taste in your mouth, but trust Him, it's 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 reveal it to me. LORD, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus, to fulfill the Law. I thank you for extending your grace towards us. YOU are truly amazing. LORD, continue to give insight and illumination of Your WORD so that your children will be edified. In Jesus Name. Amen.