Wisdom of Solomon B#13

February 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.


In his book Life beyond 100, Dr. C. Norman Shealy wrote about the effect of hopelessness on a person’s health.[1]

75% of people dying of cancer (according to a study of Dr. H. J.  Eysenck, called Personality, Stress and Cancer[2]) have a lifelong pattern of hopelessness. “These individuals seem to have had a feeling of abandonment in childhood, and they always want love and nurturing from someone…[3]”


Just like triplets, we often find the words faith, hope and love nestled together in the NT.


  • And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 1 Cor 13:13
  • But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. Gal 5:5 NIV
  • What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Gal 5:6 NLT
  • Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Eph 6:23
  • Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ… 1 Thess 1:3
  • And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim 1:4
  • Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints. Phil 1:5
  • By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom 5:2
  • Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1


We cannot separate the one from the other.

  • Our faith will not work without a heart of love.
  • Hope keeps our faith alive.
  • Faith cries, “I believe”, while hope says, “Is it going to happen today, or this week, or during this year?”


The Apostle Peter wrote,

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”


Hopelessness afflicts the heart (and body). It can lead to disastrous and even terminal sicknesses.

What do you trust the Lord for?

What is the desire of your heart that you are hoping for?


Keep the thoughts of hope alive within your mind. Lam 3:21, 24, 26

It will not disappoint you. Rom 5:5


Protect your heart from bitterness and let the flame of love (towards man and God) burn within you. Heb 12:15; Song 8:6


May we always be prepared to give an answer, with gentleness and respect, to everyone who asks us the reason for the hope we have.

1 Pet 3:15


[1] Shealy, C. N., M.D., Ph.D. 2006. Life beyond 100. New York: Penguin Group

[2] Eysenck, H. J. 1988. Personality, Stress and Cancer. British Journal of Medical Psychology 61

[3] Shealy, C. N., M.D., Ph.D. 2006. Life beyond 100. New York: Penguin Group

About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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