In our efforts to become wiser, sometimes it seems like 1 step forward and 3 steps backward. Proverbs is filled with one verse after another that gives us sound, Godly wisdom. One of the verses that I have been pondering on for the last week is Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
I can relate to feeling literally sick when I have lost hope for a certain situation. So, in an effort to try to be the hands and feet of Christ, let’s look at this verse and be someone who can give hope.
How do we share hope with the hopeless? I must be honest, sometimes when I look at the hopeless, I think maybe they just deserve it. However, when I have felt hopeless, I am thankful I serve a God who is long-suffering and patient with me.
Currently, I am in Belize trying to lend a hand in a few situations where some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are about to give up hope. As I look around in this nice, quiet room where I escaped to gather my thoughts, I see countless books and studies that have been passed out to try and assist with the side affects of poverty. Honestly, there are well over 200 books and studies here! It would be fantastic if each book or study donated came with one caring person who could invest some time.
As a Christian with an unending source of wise, Godly literature to access for a plethora of different problems, it seems very clear right now. Most often what people in turmoil need is help, the kind that has a loving, caring body attached to it. Yes, let’s study and show ourselves approved. But, when someone is in need, unless we can step up and be there for that person, perhaps we shouldn’t offer advice or the latest “how-to” book.
God sent His one and only Son. I am so thankful he didn’t just send us the latest DVD series on how to be saved from a lifetime of darkness. I am challenging myself, as well as you, to reach out to those who are hurting and give them our time and our love. Let’s spend some time in prayer after we hear of those hurting. None of us are wise enough to know how to effectively deal with the problems this world dishes out on us BUT we serve a God who does.