Proverbs 13:12 — Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life (NKJV).
Another version says it like this: Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around (MSG). In other words, when dreams get put on hold repeatedly, a broken heart is often the result.
Disappointment can have a snowball effect on a person’s life. Maybe you’ve faced one setback after another and feel buried beneath an avalanche of hopelessness. If so, don’t just lie there waiting for a Sherpa to stumble upon you. God has a sudden break with your name on it!
When it appears that God didn’t come through on something, it’s easy to stop believing Him for anything. This is exactly how I felt after my dad died. We had believed wholeheartedly for him to be restored to health, and when he wasn’t, I was crushed. When it came to trusting God, I thought, “What’s the use?”
I had to change my perspective. Rather than be angry because He didn’t come through like I thought He should, I began to thank God for the 35 years that I had the best dad on the planet. Count your blessings today and find joy in them. Begin to praise God for what you do have. Doing so reestablishes your trust in Him. Now brace yourself for His blessings. I believe there’s a different kind of avalanche coming your way!
Psalm 34:18 — The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (NIV).
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