Prov 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Prov 13:12 When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy. TEV
We have been talking about issues of the heart and for the next several days will address the malfunctioning heart, heart diseases and heart attacks. The subject of today’s proverb is a sick heart that was attacked with grief when something hoped for was put on hold. Perhaps you had the expectancy of a promotion that was pushed into the unknown future because of a budget shortfall. Maybe you were expecting your boyfriend to pop the question only to discover that his intentions were nowhere near. Maybe the mortgage company sent you a letter that mentioned your negative credit history and suggested you might try again in a year or two. Most of us are like the little girl, Veruca, in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Her famous line was: “Daddy, I want it now!” When we do not get it now, it makes our heart sick—it crushes our heart with hopelessness; and some of us pout. What medicine do we have for such a sick heart? It is hinted at in this verse: learn to wait on it gracefully. What if this wish never does come to pass because it is not in God’s plan for your life? Well as sick as your heart is over the issue right now, there will be another desire that will come to pass that will cause abounding joy to grow like a tall and flourishing tree.