Faith & Life: Cultivating Your Hope in the Lord

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Cultivating Your Hope in the Lord

Embracing Righteousness and the Tree of Life

by J.M. Troppello

Have you ever received a promise from God, but it hasn’t yet been fulfilled in your life? I can relate to that. It can be very difficult to wait on the Lord at times. V. Raymond Edman wrote, “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” I love that statement. It truly speaks to my heart.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
(Proverbs 13:12, NKJV)

This is a powerful verse. The notation for this verse in the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) states, “The tree of life symbolizes the achievement of a deeply felt desire. It is like coming back to the Garden of Eden.” The next reference verse is found in Proverbs 11:30. I love that symbolism of achieving a deeply felt desire.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.
(Proverbs 11:30, NKJV)

Proverbs 11:30 correlates to Proverbs 3:18.

She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.
(Proverbs 3:18, NKJV)

All of these references to the tree of life depict the tree in the Garden of Eden. You can read Genesis 2 and 3 for more details on the Garden of Eden and the tree. Embracing righteousness and wisdom – through digesting and applying God’s Word into your life – are ways of symbolically recovering the lost tree of life.

Trusting God in all aspects of your Christian walk with the Lord is vital if you want to thrive as a Christian and not simply survive. When you are waiting on God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life, it can become difficult to continue to maintain your hope in the Lord.

However, it’s so important to stay focused on God and not the actual waiting time. Stay focused on developing your spiritual walk with Him. Enjoy each moment of getting to know God better. Focus on each step of your journey and don’t simply concentrate on the end result of receiving your answer to prayer.

Dr. David Jeremiah wrote, “Your light matters in a dark world—shining alone and in concert with others. The darkness can never overcome the light of Christ in you.” It’s crucial that you remember your mission in life as a Christian is to shine your light each day in this dark world. The light of Christ is living inside you. Darkness cannot snuff out that light.

Take heart during those waiting times in your life. God still has a plan for your life (Jer. 29:11-14). He hasn’t given up on you. Don’t give up on Him. He has the perfect timing and will open all the right doors in your life in the exact moment that it should be opened. God is faithful. Keep trusting in His guidance in your life.

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JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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