A Raisin In The Sun

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"What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it...explode." ‘A Raisin the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry.

Hopelessness is a terrible thing. It should not be experienced by anyone. Yet, there are millions who live with deferred hope and with hearts that have been broken because they see no way out. God is not the Father of hopelessness. God is the Father of hope and fulfilled dreams.

Even death does not bring hopelessness to the Christian. Because we know that we will first be with God after death and second we will see our fellow loved ones and enjoy them in all eternity. A good example is David, who prayed and fasted that his son might live. When the son died, those around him thought that he would be in great despair and might even take his own life. But on the contrary his response was a response of hope and not hopelessness.

"Then his servants said to him, "What is this thing that you have done? "While the child was still alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food. And he said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, Who knows, the Lord may be gracious to me, that the child may live.' But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me." (2 Samuel 12:21-22).

Because infants are written in the book of life, David knew that he would see his child in heaven. "Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them." (Psalm 139:16).

Proverbs 13 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 13:12 "(12) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life."

Psalm 60:6-8 (Theme: The Prayer of a Defeated People). "(6) God has spoken in His holiness: I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and measure out the valley of Succoth. (7) Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter. (8) Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!"

Today's question. Dreams deferred.

The source of our dreams not drying up like raisins in the sun, turning to dust and blowing off in the wind, is the root of Jesse. "And again Isaiah says; "There shall come the root of Jesse, And he who arises to rule over the Gentiles, In him shall the Gentiles hope." (Romans 15:12). The root of Jesse is Jesus.

God is the God of Hope.

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13).

When we awake from our night's sleep, we should approach the new day, full of expectation of what God is going to do. For all things, good and bad, negative and positive act together for good, for those who love the Lord.

Dear God, help me to bring hope and not despair to my brothers and sisters. Where I have failed forgive me. Help me in the future do my best to work within your plan to provide hope and answers to dreams. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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