Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
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.
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).
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.