“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,But desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).
Absalom’s hope of becoming king was deferred for a number of reasons: Being banished for murdering his brother, playing the baby-kissing-politician on his return home, staging a coup d’état against his father, and being mercilessly speared to death while hanging from a tree by his cousin Joab—to name a few. Moses’ entry into the Promised Land was deferred because of the revolt of the 10 spies. But then it was cancelled when he struck the water-gushing rock instead of speaking to it. Naturally, he left the Israelites under no illusions that he blamed them for his sickness of heart over that.Joshua and Caleb had their entry into the Promised Land deferred for 40 years. Caleb expressed his displeasure over the 10 faithless spies, but he and Joshua went happily on their way to Canaan’s Land—despite the 40-year delay.It is a worrisome thing when a young person ceases to be driven by the hopes and schemes of youth. They must be encouraged through the ups and downs that will surely come their way. We share in the joy and fulfilment ahead for those who trust in the Lord.Christian’s must be careful to always place their foundational hopes in things that do not disappoint.“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). Just as the Tree of Life was destined to renew and extend the lives of those in the Garden of Eden, our fulfilled dreams for the Kingdom of Christ quicken and embolden us on our journey toward eternal Life.“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).Dream big!John StaigerIf you have been blessed by this message, please feel free to: Like, Comment or Share it with your friends.