“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. – Romans 15:13 ESV
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound with hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.” -Romans 15:13 AMP
Happy Sunday, friends! We hope that you’ve had a wonderful weekend! In our little corner of the world, Sarah and I had the opportunity to hang out with friends that we don’t often get to see. These friendships are so special because they are rooted in such a legacy of faith and lives shared through the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s a privilege to watch our kids grow up together and be part of this faith family as well. Our hearts are certainly full!
As this weekend was approaching though, if I’m honest, I was struggling for joy, even at one point texting Sarah for prayer after crying the whole way home from the zoo. Do you ever have weeks like that? Weeks where, as they drag on you are just living for Friday at 5pm? When this happens, I find myself putting an enormous amount of hope in my weekend plans to recharge me, fill me up, and provide rest and joy. Certainly, they sometimes do have this effect, but it is always and only temporary because, after all, Monday always rolls around again.
As I have sat with this verse in Romans for the past week, it finally occurred to me just why it was having such an impact on my heart. Paul does not end this encouragement with, “so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope on the weekends”. Nope. As Christians, we have access to the “God of hope” all day, every day. Paul says that as we trust Him and believe in His promises, we are filled with joy and peace and then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to abound in hope.
What do you need hope for this week – your family situation, your job, your health, your friends? There is only one place to find it – in the God of hope. This week, let’s run straight to the source, let’s open our Bibles and know Jesus and His promises more. Let’s allow Him to replace our weariness and anxiety with joy and peace so that our souls overflow with confidence in those promises. He is faithful, He can be trusted, and we can place not only our hope for today in Him, but our eternal hope as well. Hallelujah!
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