Grace and Peace!!
Today’s Uplift: When it Hurts you can still have Hope! Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Life is very unpredictable to say the least! Last year at this time none of us suspected a mystery virus was about to strike and bring division, disappointment and death. Who could have guessed a pandemic would force us into isolation, close businesses and schools, throw us into turmoil and leave us longing for hope?
Life can change in a second, and sometimes it can deal a blow that we never expected to happen. It’s easy to find ourselves in a place of despair, longing for some type of comfort. Comfort to our hearts and peace for our minds! Thankfully, we can go to the Word of God and find that comfort and that peace. Romans 15:13 says~ “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Hope is mentioned twice in this verse. One Bible dictionary defines it as “trustful expectation, particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God’s promises. Biblical hope is the anticipation of a favorable outcome under God’s guidance.” This contrasts to a dictionary definition of hope as “a feeling that what we want to happen will happen.”
The first mention of hope in the above verse refers to God as the origin of hope. We anticipate a favorable outcome not based on circumstances, but on His person. We will face disappointments or life-altering detours; we will experience the death of a dream or the loss of a loved one. But no matter how difficult our circumstances, we can have hope because of who God is: wonderful, wise, sovereign and good.
God is our guide, our comforter, our rock that remains steadfast when everything around us crumbles. He’s our constant companion who has promised never to leave us, nor forsake us, not even for a moment.
The second mention of hope refers to us as the recipients. God pours hope into us when we choose to believe He is who He says He is and that He always keeps His promises. When we do this, He gifts us with a rock-solid anticipation of a favorable outcome under His guidance.
And because we live among others who are desperately seeking hope, He wants our supply to spill over to those around us, creating in them a curiosity to know our secret. We can’t create this hope in our own strength; God makes hope possible by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us. This is the same power that raised Christ from the dead! (Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:19-20)
Overcomer, we can hang on to hope knowing that someday, Jesus will return will wipe every tear from our eyes. But in the meantime, we can live in hope because the source of hope lives in us.
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!