Proverbs 13:12 (ESV)
Pr 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
If troubling thoughts are coming your way then it may be that your hope has been deferred. What do we mean by deferred? The word deferred mean delayed, or temporarily held back. Is hope deferred the same as disconnected or destroyed? NO! When it comes to losing hope this would be the way we would feel. We feel like there is no future and the present is futile. "All hope is gone." is a very discouraging and devastating statement.
Someone may say, "There is always hope." But you do not see it. You do not understand it. And so you would tend to agree All hope is gone.
Hope is connected to Faith. Faith to believe God is essential for Life. Without faith we have nothing. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) When we have faith results can be seen immediately. Hope comes with faith. The two cannot be separated. And hope and faith together make a man different. They will make a man strong.
The first few verses of Psalm one speak about a man who is like this. I have known some men like this, and I want to be a man like this. When I sort of see my hope delayed, deferred or diminished I begin to doubt sometimes. And doubt my friend with dry up this tree.
Psalm 1:1-3 (ESV)
Ps 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
NOTE that the promise is in his season. Not when you demand it or beg for it but when God Sends it. This is the Hope part.
Without hope we are hurting. Without hope we are going to listen to every voice we hear except God. God is the Giver of hope. And our hope is connected to our faith. If you have lost hope in something. Ask God for faith as this is what you need.