Hope deferred makes the heart sick,… That is, the object hoped for, if it is not enjoyed so soon as expected, at least if it is delayed any length of time, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. When that which is hoped and wished for, comes, it is grateful to him as the tree of life was in Eden’s garden; it gives him an unspeakable pleasure and delight.
This however, may be applied to many things in a spiritual way, as to the first coming of Christ; and some have thought this is greatly regarded and chiefly intended; this was the object of the hope of the Old Testament Saints, and it was hoped for on a good foundation, on the promises of God, which was frequently repeated, enlarged and confirmed; yet this promises and hope for blessing was deferred a long time, though not deferred longer than the appointed time, yet longer than the Saints expected, and which sometimes made their heart sick. Lest therefore, it should never come to pass which occasioned fresh promises and assurances to them – Isaiah 35: 3 ” Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. “
Christ ” the desired object “; and who is desirable for the excellencies of His person, His mediatorial qualifications, the work of redemption and salvation, he came about, and the blessings he brought with him, and who is the ” desire of all nations ” that was to come – Haggai 2: 7 ” And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, said the Lord of hosts. ” It was exceeding joyful and delightful to all that expected him, and were looking for redemption in Israel, or Christ, ” the coming desire “, as it may be rendered is ” a tree of life ” or ” lives “ the author of life, natural, spiritual, and eternal – Proverbs 3: 18.
” Loving Father, help me to pass by my discouragements of yesterday and look into the hope of today. Make me more careful of my strength, and less forgetful of thy promises and of my trust. Amen. “