Jesus is Hope – Day 3

Jesus is Hope – Day 3

The NEcessity of Hope

(adapted from 12/3/23 sermon, “Jesus is Hope”)

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)

Think back to moments when hope seemed distant or unattainable. Perhaps it was a dream you yearned for but was continuously out of reach. Maybe it was a longing for a meaningful relationship or a breakthrough in a challenging situation. In those moments, the heaviness in our spirits becomes palpable, as if a cloud of discouragement settles upon our hearts.

This heaviness is more than mere disappointment. It is a profound ache, a weariness that seeps into the very essence of who we are. Deferred hope can take a toll on our emotional well-being, leaving us feeling drained, disheartened, and even questioning our purpose or calling in life.

But here’s the beautiful truth: Jesus understands this ache in our hearts, and He offers a hope that transcends all earthly circumstances. His promises of a fulfilled and abundant life and of our joyous welcome into the Kingdom become the antidote to the heaviness we experience when hope is deferred. It is a gentle whisper that assures us that we are not alone, that our lives have meaning and purpose in Him, and that we have peace with God.

This hope in Jesus is not wishful thinking or a mere concept. It is a confident expectation—an unwavering belief that He is with us, guiding us, and bringing hope to every situation. It brings a vitality and resilience that enables us to rise above disappointment and press forward with renewed strength.

  1. How does the deferred hope mentioned in Proverbs resonate with experiences of disappointment in your life?
  2. Consider moments when hope was fulfilled. How did it bring vitality and joy to your life?
  3. Reflect on the ways Jesus offers a unique and lasting hope compared to worldly solutions.

Identify an area of your life where hope feels deferred. Surrender it to God, trusting His plan and finding solace in His promises. Seek His perspective on the situation.


Reach out to someone who might be experiencing deferred hope, offering a listening ear, and sharing the hope found in Jesus through your own experiences.


Heavenly Father, thank You for being our source of hope. Heal the areas of our hearts where hope is deferred, and help us find fulfillment in Your promises. Grant us the grace to see our circumstances through Your perspective. Amen.