DELAYED EXPECTATIONS

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:
but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.”
Proverbs 13:12 KJV

Have you ever prayed for something and it did not come right away? How did that make you feel?

I’m sorry for asking two questions in a row, but I want to attack lost hope today. As we wait for God’s promises we can become anxious, fretful, and even sometimes mean. Yep, I went there.

I believe this can occur because our emotions, many times, are connected to past disappointments which causes us to hastily draw improper conclusions. Delays can feel just like a denial because it brings us to a place, we thought we would never return to.

We find in today’s proverb a great truth: we may have to endure our heart becoming sick, while waiting on the Lord, but the joy that we will experience, in the end, will outweigh our temporary sadness. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

The key to handling delays is not dwelling on the moment but looking towards God’s future promise. What has God promised you? Whatever it is, don’t stop looking for it.

God’s word provides a perspective of what to do while waiting on God’s answer. We must HOPE

H

HOPE
IN GOD

Why are you
discouraged?
Trust Him.
Psalms 42:5

O

OCCUPY TIL
HE COMES

Be Faithful
to Him as
you wait.
Luke 19:13

P

PURSUE
CHRIST

Grow in
your pursuit
of Him.
Psalms 63:1-2

E

EXPECT HIM
TO MEET
YOUR NEED

God
is
faithful.
1 Corinthians 10:13

When I look at Proverbs 13:12 I see the first word, “Hope” and the last words “tree of life”. No matter what happens while we are waiting, know that God wants us to experience His life in our delay.

Our Godly Hope is a guaranteed hope that is anchored in Jesus Christ, the unchanging Son of God, and His unchanging promises found in the Word of God. Although we may experience delay, we must never lose our hope in God.

God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? with the expectation.
Numbers 23:19 KJV

CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.

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