This post was plucked from obscurity by someone, somewhere, in recent weeks, and is getting reads again internationally. I’m taking it as my cue for a reblog. Hold on to your hope!
What happens when we’ve heard God’s word and promises, and believed to the point of great hope for our lives, but the promises remain unfulfilled?
Proverbs 13:12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
After a long time hearing how good life is going to be someday, we need to see it happen. I’m not talking about wanting it to happen — we did from the first talk of it — we need it to happen. An unmanifested promise eventually elicits pain from the place it used to evoke hope.
Imagine a business promised its employees improved salaries and benefits. As months passed, the employees’ thoughts and emotions underwent change when the talk failed to become reality. After years of hearing promises that weren’t fulfilled, they felt foolish for their naive enthusiasm early on. Even the most loyal employees grew suspicious that the…
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