(4)I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
(5)They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed.
(6)This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.
(7)The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.
(8)O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Psalm 34:4-8 (NASB)
No matter what country, background, or ethnicity we may have, all of us have experienced disappointment in our lives. Whether it is a desire to serve the Lord in ministry, or a plan to expand a business, or the hope of the bride in her new marriage, things don’t always turn out as we had hoped. These are “shattered dreams.”
There was a time in our lives where it seemed as if everything kept derailing – no forward momentum but lots of backwards falling. “Hope deferred makes the heart-sick, . . .” is the way the Scripture puts it (Proverbs 13:12 NASB). Yet we learned to move forward and not give up, in spite of heartaches and what seemed like failures. We learned that friendships are huge helps in times of trouble, as are our deepening relationships with the Lord. And we learned that what we THINK we see, may not be what God is doing!
And there is good news! the second part of Proverbs 13:12 which we rarely hear says, ” . . . But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” God is all about life. The reason Jesus went to the cross is to allow us access to life – both here on earth and throughout eternity. (John 3:16). When God created the earth and all that is in it, He commanded all of it to prosper and bring forth life. He asks us to be the vessels of His “River of Life,” the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t break “bruised reeds,” people who are sad and hurting. He came to bring us LIFE and that MORE ABUNDANTLY (John 10:10).
When it seems like there is no hope, there is God who creates the dawn. When the dreams appear to be dead, there is the God of resurrection! Tomorrow is a new day for us all. What happens today may be the stepping stone to breakthrough you have waited for. Faith is built on what we can’t see, but what we know God has in store for us. May the fulfilled desires of your heart come quickly, and may all that delays your hope be destroyed by the blessings and love of our Savior!
(This information was used by permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalee Storment and Faye Higbeee, copyrighted in 2011.)