Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.151 – Heart Sick


Proverbs 13: King James Bible

Heart Sick – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verse 12

12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Heart Sick

We all have suffered at one time or another, with bouts of heart sickness. But before we dive into this verse, let’s take a look at the definition of deferred.


1. postponed or delayed.
2. suspended or withheld for or until a certain time or event: a deferred payment; deferred taxes.

This isn’t talking about hopes that are cancelled or crushed. But rather, hopes that are postponed or delayed. Hopes that have been suspended or withheld for a certain amount of time. So… How is it, that hope deferred wind up making us heart sick, or heartbroken?

As a Christian speaking to Christians, I have a perfect example of a hope deferred, that we can all relate to. And the hope that I’d like to put on display, would be the hope of glory.

The blessed hope, of one day standing before our Heavenly Father, and hearing him say,”Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Or maybe even getting there and taking in Heaven itself, meeting the Lord Jesus face to face, and witnessing all that the Lord has promised and reserved for us.

That’s our hope, and indeed it is deferred. Well, it seems that way at least. Most of us, when times are good and all is well, are content in looking forward to being in the presence of the Lord at the end of the race.

But for some people, and I wouldn’t exclude myself in this, when things are bad, and everything seems to be going sideways, the outlook is a bit different. Instead of looking forward to it, we may find ourselves feeling that longing and heartbreak, pleading with the Lord to call the race early on account of bad weather, and get to go home sooner rather than later. “Stick a fork in me Lord, I’m done!”

In those dark moments, we can relate to the point this piece of scripture gives. The heartache and scripture calls it, having the heart made sick, is every bit as debilitating as a broken bone or a physical wound. Ever been there? I have.

What must be remembered, even in our darkest days, is the second half of this scripture. That when that blessed desire comes, and come it will, oh what a tree of life it will be! And concerning the example I’ve been talking about, it will quite literally be a tree of life!

Also, it should serve us well, to remember that a hope deferred is also a hope that is still certain, just not when we want it, or when we expect it. Our hope, our Blessed Hope, is sealed by the Holy Spirit as a promise. No matter our circumstances, this should always be cause for excitement!

Related New Testament Scripture

Romans 5: King James Bible

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5: King James Bible

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 15: King James Bible

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

2 Corinthians 1: King James Bible

22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Ephesians 1: King James Bible

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Galatians 5: King James Bible

5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Colossians 1: King James Bible

27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Titus 2: King James Bible

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;

Titus 3: King James Bible

7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.




Thank you again, for the truth in your Word, and for keeping it preserved all these years, so that we may know you better. Thank you also, for that blessed hope. Our hopes rest in you Father. Our hopes and desires all point toward you. And should you examine any of us Lord, and find that our hearts are sick for want of hope in you, please kindle your Spirit within us, and cause for us to remember your great and wonderful promises. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



Have you ever been heart sick for hope of the coming of the Lord?

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2 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.151 – Heart Sick”

  1. Thanks Brian…yes indeed, I suspect all true followers of Our Lord, yearn for that blessed day. The day when we can say that we have finished the race, and can abide in the Lord. What a glorious day that will be. In the mean time, we must deal with life’s tribulations, what ever that is for each one of us. I can also look back, using the term “delayed gratification”, and see how the Lord manuevered circumstances for my benefit. Often, we can only see this in retrospection, and feel deep gratitude for His benevolence. Thanks for this uplifting devotion Brian…your brother in Christ…Amen.

    • Hi George,
      Very well said. I couldn’t agree with you more. We seldom have a clue about what the Lord is doing, until he does it. When we’re on the other side of an issue, is when we can see how he’s been working. Thanks for your comment Brother, may the Lord bless you mightily in Jesus name!
      In Christ,


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