Proverbs 13:12 says: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
We can get pretty frustrated and even discouraged, waiting for things to change (for the better, we pray). We wait for people to change, our health situation to change, or financial resources to change. Or, we want the church to change. NOW! People lose hope when things take more time than they want it to. At that point many want to give up, how sad for them and how sad for us.
Let’s look at a comparison. In Jim Cymbala’s book “Storm” (pg. 106-107) he addresses culture.
“Years one through one hundred of Christianity were the golden age of conversions. But those Christians had very little money and even less influence. The early church lived in a totally pagan culture. Degenerate emperors like Caligula and Nero were worshipped as gods and reigned over the world the apostles lived in as part of the Roman Empire. On top of that, the emperors required taxes be paid to them. There was no prevailing sense of morality, as we call it. The emperors themselves were often immoral monsters who murdered their own family members. Belief in one God was ridiculed, and both Jews and Christians became easy targets for persecution.”
“We complain about the culture today, but despite their greater obstacles, we don’t hear any complaints coming from the early Christians. They just set about to obey the instructions of Jesus and trusted the Holy Spirit to overcome the challenges in front of them.”
“Because Jesus foretold it would be that way as they spread the gospel. They understood Jesus would build His church, His way, and for His glory. And they knew the Holy Spirit would empower, direct, and sustain them. And He did. People were converted, hundreds of churches were started, and the converts were truly born again believers.”
So, let’s look again at the verse in Proverbs. But concentrate on the second half, “a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Do we need to change our perspective on things more than we need the things changed in and of themselves? Just where is our hope, or should I say who is our hope, centered on? Isn’t it Jesus Christ, killed/buried/and raised to life, that we trust in for our tomorrows? Isn’t it time to put the past disappointments behind us and open our hearts to see what God is doing and wants to do in our tomorrows? In Philippians 3:12-14 Paul talks about forgetting those things that would drag him down and instead pressing onward toward that wonderful prize in Christ Jesus! (Look it up for yourself).
Our hope is in Jesus Christ (our Savior, Messiah!) and He wants to do great and mighty things in us and through us to build His kingdom and bring glory to the Father. You can be a part of all that! Talk about revival, all it takes is each of us getting on board, praying and being obedient to the Word of God. You do that, and remember nothing is impossible with God!