Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:13 (NLT)
I ponder this verse in my morning scripture reading. I suppose it could be used by just about anyone to justify anything. The mantra for Goldman-Sachs? A slogan for a credit leveraged family? A mugger's signature? But that would be a misreading.
Christian Hope is the certainty of what awaits us at our destination. It is not optimism. It is certainty. Yet, while it is certainty, it may fly in the face of current circumstances. Hope got biblical people – Jesus, through tough days. While carpe diem may be t-shirt worthy, Hope is life worthy. Hope is "big picture" stuff. And the source of Hope is God and God promise that he is in control of our destiny. Hang on to him.
When we daily are grounded in God, Hope transforms every moment. And, let's face it, there are a lot of tough moments that need transformation. God give us hope for day like today (or tomorrow.)
I wonder if the Proverb could be written thusly, "Gratification seized make the heart sick, leaving the heart craving another fix."
God will not let you go and will not forget you. He has a special place for you in his home and it is so good it cannot be contained in tomorrow but spills into today. Let him show you.
May you be filled with Hope today. You deserve it. God insures it.