I was listening to Francis Frangipane teach on spiritual strongholds, and I've been pondering his comments about Proverbs 13:12. "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life."
He said that the devil uses unfulfilled desires to bring us into bondage, and that often he could tell where someone had a spiritual stronghold by what they were experiencing hopelessness over. Hmmm. Makes sense.
The devil offers us a shortcut or substitute for our unfulfilled desire, and we don't catch the fine print that we’re giving him control of some area of our life.
So what is the answer? No short cuts or substitutes, just wait patiently for God to fulfill our desire? But if God isn't in a hurry, its still easy to end up with deferred hope. And how do I know He wants to fulfill all of my desires?
I do know Psalm 37:4 says "Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart." So it looks like He wants to fulfill my desires, but I suspect fulfilling the first part of that verse will also change my desires.
In fact, maybe I'm not supposed to focus on my desires much at all. Maybe I just work at delighting in Him, and the rest takes care of itself. Well, that gives me something to do while I’m waiting.