March 1, 2012
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Proverbs 13:2)
How true this scripture is. When you have a hope that you have been expecting for a long time, and it seems like it will never come to pass, your heart starts to ache for it. It’s like you can see it and it is almost within reach, but still not quite reachable. And you yearn for it, and your heart is sick.
But on the flipside, this time of waiting is so good for us. It builds character and teaches us to trust. It’s these times of waiting that God lets us endure so that we will know that all good and perfect gifts come from Him above!
And while this heart ache is temporary, the suffering we are experiencing now is nothing compared to the glory He has in store for us!
Waiting and hoping is something I have to daily offer up to God because sometimes I feel overwhelmed – like its never gonna end! Knowing that God could release me from prison at anytime He wanted is reassurance that I am waiting on Him alone.
Elisabeth Elliot says it perfectly in her book “Passion & Purity”:
“The deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done. Acceptance of whatever that means is the great victory of faith that overcomes the world.”
So when my heart is sick with longing for home, I am reminded that God’s ways are higher than my ways. And when my hope is in Him, it won’t disappoint me – because He will not disappoint me.
And I can honestly say, “Lord, not my will but Yours be done in my life.”