Joshua 19:1-20:9 ~ Luke 19:28-48 ~ Psalm 88:1-18 ~ Proverbs 13:12-14
Today is April 19th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s good to be here with you today for the next forward step through the scriptures this year. The next forward step leads us back into the book of Joshua, chapter 19, verse 1, through 20, verse 9 today. Of course, this week we’ve been reading from the English Standard Version.
The proverb today, hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life, that is a very popular, famous passage of scripture and we say it a lot. Hope deferred does make the heart sick. It makes us heartsick. But when something that we’ve been striving for or a desire is fulfilled, it is as a tree of life to us. It is life-giving to us. So that is very popular.
What we don’t often consider as popular are the supporting scriptures that follow it that sort of unpack it. Because a desire fulfilled is a tree of life can mean anything. What do you desire? Desire can be double-edged. There can be a godly desire burning in your heart or there can be desires that will do nothing but destroy you and pull you away from God. So in context, whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life and one may turn away from the snares of death, turn away and be able to parse and understand which desire it is that we have. Chasing an unhealthy desire will steal our hope and make us heartsick and bring destruction on us and become a snare of death to us. But chasing after God, oh, that brings hope to the surface. That constantly gives us hope in front of us.
So may we do what the proverb is telling us in its entirety today and examine our own hearts. Are we heartsick? Is hope deferred? Why? We can begin by looking at the desires that we have been chasing after and that can be an a-ha moment, because our lives are not in the shape that they are in because it’s God’s fault. They are in the shape that they are in because of our intentionality or unintentionality. What are we chasing after? Are we chasing after God? Or are we chasing after the wind?
Holy Spirit, we invite you into that because sometimes it’s hard to know that. Sometimes it doesn’t become apparent immediately and in truth we confess that far too often we don’t slow down enough to even ask you. That is on us. Yes, we have blamed you for it, but it is on us. So we take this moment now to invite you into the desires of our hearts. Parse them. Examine them. Shine the light of truth on them. Let us see them for what they really are. Let us see them in stark, illuminated light rather than deep shadow. Show us where our hearts are pulling us and where we are allowing ourselves to be pulled because hope deferred makes us heartsick and we need hope. So come Holy Spirit, fill us with your hope and your desire. We ask in the name of Jesus, amen.
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Good morning Daily Audio Bible. May God bless you all on this blessed Good Friday, the day that over 2000 years ago our Lord and Savior was on his way to his crucifixion, only to resurrect and give us new life. I want to call in regard to lifting up Ruth from Cali who called on the 6th, Alicia from Kansas who called in on the 14th, and Ken from South Cali who also called on the 14th. ___ I think you called in on the 12th, both Alicia and Ken. You know, I just want to tell you, Ruth, I know that you’re concerned about your grandson for his brain surgery. Know that I am fasting today on Good Friday for the Lord and on behalf of Isaac. May the Lord bless him and keep him. Alicia, your daughter, Keagan, I know she is in Colorado. You can’t reach her, but I’m believing and I’m believing in her healing. Ken from Cali, broken relationship, I understand what that is like all too well. I didn’t know how to let go either and I just learned that all I had to do was just trust in God. Trust that he loves me. Trust in his promises. Read the word. Isaiah 55:24, Matthew 7:7-8, Matthew 21:22. If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer. Just constantly believe in God’s love, God’s provision, look back at all the times that God has always been there. Look at today, Good Friday, and how he, our Lord and Savior died for us, how much more would he give us. Just believe. I know sometimes it is hard to do and we have our eyes covered, but just trust in his word. Trust in his love. Trust in his promises and provisions and don’t let go. Don’t let the enemy get you. God bless you. Esther from ___, NY.