Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Earnest Guarantee Of Hope
We can all likely identify with hope being delayed in this life. Whether waiting on marriage or a job or waiting on the winter to be over and spring to come.
But in the bigger picture, here we are... strangers wandering through this broken world waiting for our hope to be fulfilled. But is our soul weary beyond measure? Is our heart sick? If our hope has been deferred like this text says can happen, and points somewhere in the future that we cannot even taste, experience or know, then why are we not depressed and downcast? Why do we not despair?
If you have ever sold a house the buyer may have given you what is called “earnest money” to guarantee the purchase until funds are transferred and the transaction is fully finalized. Even though the undertaking is not altogether finished, the earnest money has given your hope a boost that will keep your spirits high until it is completed.
There is something similar that God gives his children which gives our hope a joy much greater and surer than earnest money for a house deed. You see our hope is not all deferred. There are the unsearchable riches waiting for us to be unpacking in this life.
In Ephesians 1 the KJV actually uses the word “earnest" to convey this very truth:
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Yes, the Holy Spirit is our earnest guarantee every day of our life. We see it in the fruits of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Those without the Holy Spirit do not have these attributes growing in their life.
Arn’t you glad that God doesn’t defer all our hope to the end but gives us a little bit of heaven every day?
2nd Corinthians 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Father as we walk in this broken world please show us more of your glory and thank you for the hope that waits before us.