The Bible say’s: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick. But when the desire comes it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
Where there is unfulfilled needs in our lives there is an opportunity for disappointment to overwhelm us – even to the point of depression! (What the Bible calls a Sick Heart.)
I have been hoping for many years to be completely well of a physical condition. At times I have become totally overwhelmed with – not only the pain – but also with the disappointment that God’s Word is not working in my life.
There has to be something wrong!
When I eventually get over the grumbling, complaining and anger towards God (and myself,) I ask myself the question: “Why, then, is my hope not working?”
The answer is to do with the condition of my heart. If my heart is overwhelmed within me, then I am not in good faith. In this state I talk fear, lack and pain. Why? “For out of the abundance of my heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34.) This applies to both evil and good.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
After repenting of the fear of pain and speaking pain, I begin to hear the small, still voice of the Lord speaking to my heart: “My son, I will never leave you nor forsake you. My Word does not return to me void. I sent my Son Jesus to take away all your pains upon the Cross of Calvary.”
At this point, there is normally a clash of opinions going on in my heart. The ‘pain’ screams: ‘So why aren’t you healed then?’ But the still small voice within says: “Be still and know that I am God.”
And so I settle my heart. I take a deep breath and choose to believe what God’s Word say’s about me. As I meditate on His Word, I begin to see myself, by faith, free of pain: I am walking strong, running and jumping up and down with pure joy. Faith in God’s Word paints pictures of health on my heart. Why? Because it is the evidence of things not seen. It is the ‘fulness of Life’ the Bible promises. But it begins in the heart first.
I am healed by faith! This is indeed the currency of Heaven – the substance of things hoped for. It is not enough to have hope alone but to go onto the next level, which is faith! For it is faith that sees us through the pain. Faith is the tree of life that grows in our heart and produces good fruit.
I pray God will give you the gift of grace to stay in faith.
I pray that this one of God’s Christian Gifts will keep you in perfect peace whilst you take hold of His Word and apply it to your life.
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