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DESIRES OF THE HEART

April 19, 2017

Wednesday

 

Proverbs 13:12

 

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

 

LESSON

 

When we “hope” for something for a long time, and it never comes to pass, the normal human response is to feel disappointed and depressed. But when we hope for something and then get it, we feel rejuvenated and invigorated, like a “tree” full “of life.” This is another psychological observation about life.

 

The ever unsatisfied longing of a hungry soul results in faintness of spirit and sickness of heart. Such is the hopeless hope of the Christ-less. How blessed the contrast in the case of the Christian!

 

Hope is what keeps us steady in our lives. Look at the story of Elijah and see how he lost hope because of one person telling him that she would kill him. People need hope and so many are living a hopeless life. A hope-filled heart is a heart that senses and knows God while rejecting what the world places its hopes upon.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:9
Desire: the starting point of all achievement.

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