How Sweet It Is
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12, AMP
We've all been there, haven't we? Our hopes are crushed. Something we longed for is postponed, again. We exercise "faith and patience" for what seems like an eternity, only to discover there's another delay. Maybe the delay is that dream job or launching into ministry or finding the mate of our dreams or giving birth to a child...and our hearts have been sick because of deferred hope. Maybe our prayers haven't been answered as quickly as we had hoped or maybe the Lord has answered them—but not in the way we envisioned—and we have to trust the Lord's wisdom instead of our own. Sometimes, for a season, our hope is deferred and it can be very discouraging.
On the other hand, there are those times when the desire is fulfilled and it truly is a tree of life! The fruit from that tree brings joy, peace, favor, increase, unity, healing and blessing. Proverbs 13:19 says it this way, "A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul…." (NKJV) There is something satisfying about the end of patience, a battle won, a mission accomplished, a finish line reached, a ta-da moment and the fulfillment of a desire. A desire satisfied is sweet.
So, is there anything we can do to bridge the gap? Anything we can do to speed up the time frame from "hope deferred" to the "desire accomplished"? Ultimately, we must trust the Lord and walk in the light of the Word no matter what happens. But, with that in mind, we can be proactive in our faith to minimize the "hope deferred" moments and maximize the "desire accomplished" realities. We do this by continuing to walk in the light of the Word, obeying God, standing in faith and resting in the Lord.
Here are some "desire accomplished" verses to meditate upon, stand on, act upon, pray over, hold onto and patiently expect. Read each verse (and the surrounding verses) and ask the Lord what you need to believe, pray, do, say or stand upon. Then, as you follow Him, you can know that one day "desires fulfilled" will be sweet to your soul!
Mark 11:24—"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." (KJV)
Psalm 20:4—"May He grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose." (NKJV)
Proverbs 11:23—"The desire of the [consistently] righteous brings only good, but the expectation of the wicked brings wrath." (AMP)
Psalm 145:18-19—"The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him…." (NKJV)
Psalm 73:25—"Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You." (NKJV)
Psalm 37:4—"Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." (NKJV)
Say It: “Father, I trust You. If I am in a season where it feels like my hope has been deferred, I still trust You. I know my ways are not Your ways. My timing is not Your timing. My plans are not Your plans. I will continue to delight myself in You and I know that You will give me the desires of my heart—my 'deferred hope' will turn into a 'desire fulfilled' one day. In the meantime, I thank You for the many other 'desires fulfilled' in my life. You have been good to me and I praise You for Your faithfulness. 'Whom have I in heaven but You? There is none on earth that I desire besides You!' In Jesus' Name. Amen."