In Genesis, we read that Abraham and his wife Sarah longed for a child. God appeared to Abraham and promised that Sarah would give birth to a son, and that through this child, He would establish an everlasting covenant between Him and Abraham's descendants. Sarah actually laughed when God said this, because she thought, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure?" Yet Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Abraham named him “Isaac,” which means “laughter,” because God brought Sarah great joy and redemption through what appeared to be an impossible situation.
Isaac’s son was Jacob, and Jacob had 12 sons, one of whom was Judah. Out of the tribe of Judah came King David, and because Jesus’ mother Mary was a descendent of David (as was His earthly father Joseph), the Saviour became the fruit of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah.
The hope Abraham and Sarah had came after a long wait. Proverbs 13:12 says: "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
In the same way, we need to hang onto the hope we have in God's promises.
If you are facing deferred hope today, rest assured that God has redemption for this season. Though you can’t see the purpose in it now, one day, you will. Hold on to God’s promises! Like Sarah, you will experience that, “A longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Mike and Daphne