Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13
One of the sweetest, most amazing, touching aspects of our relationship with God is how, in His merciful way and absolute sovereignty, He brings His Word to us right when we need it. I have been feeling fear and doubt about a situation recently, and after reading today’s Scripture, I suddenly had to sit down and write this blog post. Because these words penned here are not just for you, beloved, but so much more for me.
Let’s look at the first sentence together.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him.
Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.
Our hearts and lives are filled with joy and peace when we believe God for our hope. Doubt has no place in hope. In fact it kills hope. But when you and I believe that God is able to do exceedingly, far above all we could ever think, imagine, or even hope for, our hearts are then filled with joy–and with that comes great peace. God is a God of Hope. His thoughts toward His children are of good and not of evil, to give us an expected end. His plans are not of failure, hopelessness, or destruction. No! Don’t let your hope die.
HE IS THE GOD OF HOPE!
All we need to do is believe! Where are you doubting, beloved? Oh, I have my own doubts. But every time those doubts come up, the Holy Spirit fills my heart with so much hope, joy, peace, and assurance of what only God can do. God wants us to abound in hope. He wants us to believe Him. He is not happy that life has made you doubt Him and what He can do. Your hope, my hope, is in Christ. We just need to believe.
The more we believe, the more we are filled with joy and peace.
Yes, I know that there are moments when the stark reality of what we are going through knocks the wind out of us. The things happening in our world today are more than enough to cripple the hope of the bravest souls. But I have good news for you! Our God is more real than our reality. Scripture tells us that the expectations of the righteous shall not be cut short. The God of hope will not allow our hope to be cut short.
So what should we do in the meantime? What should our response be as we hope and wait for the fulfilment of our hopes?
BELIEVE IN HIM!
BELIEVE IN HIM!!
BELIEVE IN HIM!!!
Your hope is in Christ. Your hope is in the finished work of Christ on the cross.
Let me close with this verse
“Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things?” —Romans 8:32
Beloved, I pray for you as I pray for myself: that the Holy Spirit will fill our hearts with joy and peace as we believe God today and always. May our hope not be cut short.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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