Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
Hope: When It's Deferred
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12 (NKJV)
You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy... You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the Lord and it become sin in you.
Deuteronomy 24:14-15 (NASB)
During all of my years scouting talent, I've seen hope deferred time and time again. I tried to put my sadness behind me, but when hope is willfully unfulfilled (as in naysayed, postponed or cast aside), I see a tragedy developing.

Because when a person's hope is unmet, and this hope provides the substance for faith... then faith in God, goodness and life can wilt. Hopelessness is a hidden heart disease, and this heartache can spread to nearby kin. Here's why:

Unless someone's hope is foolish fancy (like a desire for wealth, fame or power), then chances are, it is inspired by God-- as the path to a joyful, fruitful life.

To ignore or be denied godly hope is being forcefully separated from hope's Anchor, Who keeps us from drifting aimlessly through earth's wavering currents:

'Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary' (Hebrews 6:18-19, NLT).

Resolutions?

1) Let's not make a choice to defer our hope from human logic (unless it's selfish).

2) Let's not defer anyone else's hope, even if we do not understand it.

## Hope: When It's Deferred (Part 10)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.


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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis


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