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A Hope that Can’t Be Deferred

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.”
Proverbs 13:12a

It was determined it was a slow-growing cancer—and then it was back to being an aggressive type.

Surgery offered the remarkable hope of a cure—but it proved impossible and they closed my husband back up.

Chemotherapy could shrink the tumors or slow their growth—but they grew despite the aggressive therapy.

The TheraSphere targeted radiation treatment could shrink the tumors on the liver, buying us more time—but we’ve been told that Matt is not a candidate. Scans shows that too much of the radiation would shunt to his lungs, causing more damage than good.

I can agree wholeheartedly with that verse: “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.” Each of these situations offered hope. Each time hope was deferred. There is a sadness of heart, a great disappointment, a sick heart each time our hopes are deferred. This type of hope is something we wish for, something we desire greatly, but have no real assurance of the fulfillment of the desire.

Thankfully, as Christians, we have a hope which will never be deferred. Titus 1:2 speaks of a hope in eternal life promised to us by God. This is not a hope in something with no assurance of fulfillment. Our hope in eternal life is secure, a done deal, a greater hope that will never be deferred.

We may find disappointment when we hope for a sunny day for the family picnic, when we hope for a refund on our taxes, or when we hope in a treatment, but we’ll never be disappointed when we put our hope in God. I love Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

  1. November 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Continuing to remember you all in my prayers Rosie! God Bless.

  1. May 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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