What are You Waiting and Hoping For?

What are you waiting and hoping for?

Has it been a long, long, long wait?

Or has your hopeful wait only begun?

Or are you somewhere in between waiting and hoping – hoping and waiting?

I believe many of us would answer that we are in that place of in between. We are hoping for something to happen, someone to respond, or for some way to be revealed. Our waiting space may be comfortable and familiar or exactly the opposite. Nonetheless, we hope and we wait. We wait and we hope.

The lags, delays, postponements, setbacks, stoppages and disappointments may cause us to become weary and despondent.

Why should we persevere?

What is the point?

For the continued suspension of our hope and desire, may pain us.

With each compounding disappointment day-after-day-after-day, may shake us.

The increase in these delays has the potential to upset us, unhinge us, and destabilize us.

As a result, Bible Theologian Adam Clarke warns, “The delay that sickens the heart with an ultimate and final disappointment, kills it.”

Matthew Henry concurs, “There is nothing more grievous than the disappointment of raised expectation.”

King Solomon understood the misery and affliction of a long-suffering hope when he wrote these words:

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

New International Version, Proverbs 13:12

The word hope that is used in this verse is the transliterated word, towcheleth. Towcheleth is found only six times in the Old Testament. Its definition is to the point. Towcheleth is a noun that means hope.

This hope in Proverbs 13:12 is a long-suffering hope. It’s a hope and desire that has been rubbed worn and been made weak from being pulled and stretched from a long, long, long wait.

And if that was where this hope remained, weakened and despondent, this hope would die.

But it doesn’t.

This hope is comforted.

This hope is strengthened.

This hope is invigorated.

This hope is given life.

How?

This hope is realized!

Finally! Finally! Finally!

Hope is found in the tree of life.

Yielding sustaining joy, boundless grace, health and mercy, the tree of life offers the body and soul long-needed redemption, restoration and life eternal.

The tree of life represents the object of our hope. In the tree of life, we find the spiritual presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ and His working in our lives. We discover our fulfilled hope in Him for eternity. The promise and hope of heaven is our long-awaited joy.

But is it?

Is Jesus Christ what we are hoping and waiting and waiting and hoping for – is eternity written on our hearts?

Or at this particular time, is our hope placed in a future life partner?

Do we long for the birth of a child?

Is it a new job that we are seeking?

Do we crave belonging and significance in some kind of venture or relationship?

Is our hope centered upon the achievements of our children?

Are we waiting for an unrealized dream to come true?

Friends, none of these hopes are unacceptable or disagreeable.  Yet, for the deep longing of our hearts to be fulfilled, such an appetite is filled in the promise of Christ and His return.

The apostle John offers these words to us:

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

New International Version, Revelation 2:7

And…

down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

New International Version, Revelation 22:2

We are encouraged to place every hope and care in the hands of Christ and in turn seek Him as our one, true and everlasting hope.

The saints of old longed for the day the Messiah would come.

We, as believers and present-day saints, are longing for Christ’s return! Everything in our being hinges upon this hope – we shall live in this interim space with the intent and purpose of bringing honor and glory to God through the power and strength of Jesus Christ. Although our earth-bound hopes remain, they are not our first and foremost hope – we live for Christ and we live for the purposes of our God. For if we place our earth-bound hopes ahead of Christ or place our faith in Christ solely based upon Him bringing our earth-bound hopes to pass, we make ourselves and our wants greater than Christ. And honestly, we’re setting ourselves up for grave, heart-sore disappointment.

Instead, let’s pursue the hope of Christ and increase in love of Him in the process!

Even though the wait is long, we shall experience unspeakable delights and everlasting joy when Christ reveals Himself to us and all the people of all nations! The hope of Christ offers something more to us – life! Jesus Christ promises us an eternal, sustaining, grace-filled, joyous life!

So, I’ll ask again…

What are you waiting and hoping for?

Is it Jesus Christ – or something else?

Desire Him.
Seek Him.
Crave His Presence.
Rest in His Peace.

Eat of the tree of life and hunger and want no more…enjoy His goodness and be satisfied and content in Jesus Christ for all things!

What are you waiting and hoping for?

 

 

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