Heart disease is running wild in America. I’m not actually talking about a physical ailment but an emotional one. So many people out there have hearts that are hurting due to an event that turned sour or an event they are waiting on that has not happened. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Deferred is defined as “hold back to another time” or “yield to another’s wish”. Both contribute to heart sickness: some have unrealized hopes that never seem will be fulfilled and others have pain due to being forced to yield to something that stole a dream away. We can all relate to this disease. It has struck us all in one form or another.
Is there a cure for heart disease?
The second part of Proverbs 13:12 states, “a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” An odd example until I looked at it another way. In the midst of the original Garden of Eden there stood two trees: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. God told Adam that he was free to eat from the tree of life but to avoid the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because on the day he tasted its fruit, heart disease would enter his life.
Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, man was no longer covered by God but stood naked; totally responsible for his own condition and the condition of his world. Man had entered an arena in which he had no power to fix the problems. When you possess all responsibility with no authority, hope is lost.
Colossians 1:27 states, “Christ in you the hope of glory”. A new tree of life stands before you and I. That new tree is the cross of Jesus. We are invited to come to the tree of life and have our hope renewed. The fruit of that tree pays the release of our responsibility for failure and restores the authority we once lost.
Now, we have a different expectation. Hope in Jesus Christ means “a confident assurance”. We know that what He has promised shall come to pass and we are released from a pit of regret.
Do you possess Christ as your Lord? Then, you have received the down payment on every promise of God. Rest in hope: you will not be disappointed.