“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13.12 NIV).
The Bible affirms that we will have to wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled, especially the promises in which our hearts are tightly woven. We may often wonder why God seems to postpone our promises for a while, but the answer is simple. He doesn’t just want to give us one fruit of blessing. He wants to give us a “Tree of Life” with many fruits of blessing.
God loves us so much that a single blessing isn’t good enough. He desires to make our lives into a factory of blessings. Sometimes we get caught up in a single promise of God that we can’t comprehend God’s greater vision of what He’s accomplishing. He will use us as portals of blessings if we are patient in His movements and timing.
The Bible says that God will turn the curse of our waiting, our emptiness, our stigma, our lack, our longing, etc., and make us into a source of blessing to others. This truth should make us strong in our waiting. We don’t to have be afraid that God will not fulfill His promises. Although our hearts may ache while we wait, we can trust that God is producing greatness in our patience.
“Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!” (Zechariah 8.13 NLT).
The Tree of Life is in fact Jesus Christ Who is the source of every blessing. Why would we simply want the blessing when we can have the Blessing Maker? God’s growing the Tree of Life in the center of our lives, so He can cultivate a harvest of His goodness in us, allowing the world to be benefactors of the fruit.
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (James 1.18 NIV).