Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick

Have you ever hoped for something, believing you would receive, but you wait, and you wait, and you wait? It doesn’t come and you tell yourself to be patient. After all, don’t good things come to those who wait?

Hope deferred makes the heart sick. – Bible or Not?

Today’s quote says that hope deferred, or in other words, when you hope for something and then have to wait, it makes the heart sick. Hmmm… is this true? Experience says yes. But is it in the Bible…or Not?


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Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick — 4 Comments

  1. Proverbs 13:12 states:” Hope deferred maketh the heart sick. ”
    It goes further, “but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

    One’s experiences attest to the truth of the statement. Mystery in life is mainly determined or driven by our needs or lust. This phenomenon of joy and pain in living is triggered by the reality of such experiences. The general challenges of life in a person is how to cope with perseverance of faith in God and staying power sustaining integrity while he undergoes trying moments when needs or cravings are withheld.

  2. How very true! Thanks for pulling in the full context of the hope deferring making the heart sick quote. The battle between the spirit and the flesh wages on and it can take a toll on our emotions, so yes, we must stand firm in the faith to withstand times of longsuffering and patience.

  3. Once when I meditate on this scripture, I thought could God being saying that if I chose to defer my hope in him or expectation in him, then my heart will be sick, meaning broken, disappointed, hurting suffering…. “but when desire comes it is a tree of life” – meaning that when I trust and believe despite my circumstances then this will feed my heart with joy, peace, love etc.

  4. Thanks for your hope deferred comment Jesus’girl, very insightful. Perhaps if we focused on the tree of life part, then the hope deferred won’t make the heart sick at all.

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