Hope Deferred

Carol Wilson is Pastor Glenn's sister and has faced life circumstances that we can all identify with in some way. Pastor invited her to contribute the following word for our blog. As you read it, allow God to bring healing to your soul.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, KJV)

To meditate means to mutter (speaking under your breath), to think upon, consider.

There is a situation in my life that has brought great worry and frustration. A few weeks ago, I heard God tell me ‘I do win-wins.’ I have pondered this, and to me it means that if I do what He says it will be a win for me and a win for the other person in the situation. God loves us both. If it’s win-win for us, it will also be win-win for God because His name will be glorified.

Therefore, I remind myself and repeat back to God what He said. This gets the words, the promises, down in my heart and helps me believe His promises to me. It gives me hope.

Several years ago, Pastor Reba Wilson shared with me this verse: Hope deferred makes the heart sick. (Proverbs 13:12, NASB) Then, when I read it in The Message Bible the other night, it hit me broadside as it is rendered "unrelenting disappointment." It was the ah-ha moment, a rhema word. I began to pray that the unrelenting disappointment would stop because God promised hope to me and not disappointment.

If you have a situation that seems to be full of unrelenting disappointment in your life, come with me and begin to meditate on His promises, His plans, His ways.

I want to bless you to have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to receive as the Word is brought forth in your life. May you see God in your situation. May you hear His Word for you so you can meditate – mutter on it -- to help you walk out of your situation or walk through it. Remember that His plans for you were written before you were born. They are good plans to give you hope, a destiny, and His ending.