Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
This is going to be rather a short reflection today but I just wanted to say that when we are hoping for something, we can face so much in our life that causes this hope to singe out like a flickering light that burns out like a dying flame.
Hope is a flame and in order to keep it burning, we have to fuel this flame with Faith.
Now, I know that in certain situations where people face serious adversities such as war, famine, terrorism, threats of death, slavery, abuse, human rights violations, loss of loved ones, grief, etc, such hope seems dismal if not completely and virtually non-existent in ones experience to such painful circumstances. Fear traps a heart in this sickness where hope is devoid in a person. When hope comes, the heart heals because it is given reason to believe again. This is the tree of life that is spoken about in this verse posted above from the book of Proverbs. Jesus is the Tree of life for us since He is the True Vine and we are His Branches extended to do the same for our brothers and sisters since we have Christ in us the HOPE of Glory (John 15:1-8). It is our mandate to be the hope that this world needs to see in our lifetime.
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
The Truth of the Word is the resurrecting power of the Word that we need to use in our lives to fuel hope in people’s hearts. A longing fulfilled is a tree of life but when hope is absent, the heart suffers crumbling Faith that is devoid of such hope. So when you see someone struggling, when you see the fire in their eyes dimming because of that loss of hope, when you see the anguish and pain of anothers suffering that sees no hope of relief, no hope of salvation, no reason to continue living, God expects us to be faithful enough to step in to fuel that fire of hope in a person again.
This is how we intercede for someone by stepping in the Gap through prayer and action.
This is the faith that drives us to life individuals back to life since according to the Word we are not only Sons of God but we are also Sons of the Resurrection. So I challenge you today to be the hope for a persons sick heart today. The Resurrecting power of Christ is in us to fulfill this mandate because Jesus blessed us with the help of the Holy Spirit to satisfy this call.
Hope stirs people to believe where unbelief was present.
Hope stirs faith in people where there was lack.
Hope brings back to life all that seems dead, so as joint heirs with Christ, we must strive to be the hope that this world needs to see.
Hope can only be demonstrated by action. It could be something small like a telephone call, a word of encouragement, a word of knowledge, a visitation, a donation, an embrace, a listening ear, a kind and gentle gesture, a letter, or a helping hand (volunteering), etc. Hope in action is Love in action and perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).
Love heals, love restores and Love gives rise to hope and Faith which strengthens ones belief.
If a person has no reason to believe in anything anymore, it is because they have yet to experience this level of Love and this level of hope that can restore ones Faith to believe again.
When I had suicidal thoughts a few years ago, it was because I thought everything was hopeless. But when I pressed on holding onto that one last shred of hope left within me with the little but dying faith I had, it was this hope that I held onto which was that nearly dying flame that maintained my faith in the end. If that flame had blown out during the darkest moments in my life, I think I would not be here today typing up this post to be at least that voice that cries out for another to still keep your faith alive! Keep your hope alive no matter what! So today, I just want to let you know that no matter how bleak your situation may seem, no matter how many people may fail you in this life, keep holding onto that last shred of hope you have in the Lord even in your most painful of circumstances. That shred of hope could mean the difference beween life or death and when I mean Life or death, I mean yours.
Love preserves Life through demonstrated Hope in Action.
Jesus loved us enough to die for us in order to be the hope that we needed to see in this life so that we could be redeemed. We all have that redemptive power in Christ to life people back to life with that same Spirit of hope in us. This Spirit is the HOLY SPIRIT also known as the Helper (John 14:26; John 16:7; John 15:26; John 14:16).
Be that Light that Shines in the Darkness because that Light is what fuels greater Faith.
I have a song for you today to minister to you from Kirk Franklin called Better from his Hero CD. Stay blessed everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.
35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease.
[ The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah’s Victory ] A Michtam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.
and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”