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Hope Deferred

Key Verse

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

Text — Proverbs 13:7-21


Peculiar was so happy when she received the news that she would be spending her next vacation period with her uncle in another city. She began to make preparations and was anticipating the end of the third term of the school session. When it was 3 days to the journey, the uncle called that he had an urgent journey to make and would not be available to receive her. He promised to send her some gifts on return from his journey. Peculiar was very sad and felt disappointed.

A deferred hope is a state of experiencing a delay or sudden disappointment of an expectation from a person, place or event. From our story, we saw the disappointment that Peculiar had after putting trust in her uncle. In life, disappointment can come at any time and that is why you are encouraged not to put your trust in man who can fail you. Your trust should always be in God Who can never fail, whatever He promised, He is able to perform, even if it is delayed. Whatever is your need, call upon Him and He will answer you and grant all your heart desires.

Remember if you are a sinner, the promise of God is not for you. In fact, your hope of eternal life with God in heaven is deferred. Why not repent today and accept Jesus into your life so that you can be qualified for heaven.

Further Reading

Habakkuk 2:3

Prayer for today

 Lord, help me to trust You even if the answer to my request is delayed.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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