Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
As we prepare for the valentines in our lives, I thought we’d consider the verse below for today. We’ll pause Faithfulness Friday tomorrow since God led me to this instead. And, hey! It’s Valentine’s. What else can I say?
Perhaps this post is for you.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Do you feel hopeless in your current season? Maybe the fact that God hasn’t answered your prayers (yet) makes you feel rejected by Him. Do you feel the waiting is unfair? Does it bother you deep down inside that tough seasons of others are now triumphant for them? Like maybe God has forgotten you?
When pondering this verse recently, I thought of times when I felt hopelessness and heartache. Not to be flippant (at all!), but look at what God’s Word says. To remedy the heart sickness, God can fulfill our hopes and dreams. According to this verse, we should change our focus from deferred hope to the opposite.
You might say,
OK, but how? And what exactly is the opposite of hope deferred?
Step One: Let’s look at some opposites.
According to Webster, antonyms of the word defer include:
act, deal (with), decide (upon), do, work (on)
Hope in action is the opposite of hope deferred. Proactively dealing with the issue of lost hope (or hopelessness) can turn your heart around. Other actions include deciding to be hopeful, doing hopeful things, working on the state of hopefulness to improve it.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
Step two: Reversing the action with intention.
Part b of this verse shows a wonderful turnaround from deferred hope. I think sometimes we defer hope by deferring our dreams for the future. Do you avoid dreaming and making plans for the future, fearing God will only let you down again? (Guilty here, too!)
Take the verse seriously. Allow yourself to dream again. Pray for the Lord to fulfill those dreams that fall within God’s will for your life – be it your main heart cry (of which you await) or another of your dreams in a different area of your life.
God wants to bless you in ways that glorify Him. In ways that point directly to Him. He gets the glory when your dream comes true!
Our God has a sense of wonder and humor. He loves to surprise us. Await your next surprise with great expectation and hope. Because we can. Because He can.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
What wonderful confirmation Paul gives us in this verse in the Book of Romans!
Step Three: It boils down to trust. Trusting God.
Yes, let us not defer hope. Let us allow it to fill us with joy and peace as we trust in the Lord.
The Lord hasn’t forgotten you. He loves you and is with you. Waiting is hard, but He wants you to know and rest in this fact: God is working as you wait.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
He wants you to not fear and fret but to trust Him. Can you do that – at least for today? And tomorrow, do that again? And the next day and the next? Because God is your #1 Valentine.
He is worthy of our trust.
Because He lives~