Always Have Hope
Always Have Hope
“'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Have you ever watched a 3 year old walk across the room with a cup full of milk with no lid on it, determined to do it themselves? I have, and it didn’t end well. I had hoped my grandson would make it, but my hope was definitely misplaced.
The other day I was watching a video on Facebook with a woman who was sitting on a bench at a bus stop, telling a story to a stranger about her life. The more she shared, the sadder the story went. As the video ended, she finished with, “But I always have hope.”
What is hope? Hope is a feeling, and a confidence that what you want or desire will happen. Hope is what drives people, what makes the effort and the journey worthwhile. The anticipation of what is to come helps to inspire and motivate us and brings us joy. When we don’t have hope, we tend to feel helpless, scared and it can be exhausting and even debilitating.
Our hope can’t be found in temporary things, but only in the one, unchanging Father. The fourth stanza of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” is: “The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.”
If you are going to have hope, you need to be placing that hope in the biggest, most powerful source that you know. For believers, that hope is always in God. God is who we should always place our faith and trust in. God asks us to pray to Him so that He can give us the hope that we need.
God’s hope fills us with joy and peace because we know our hope is well placed and secure. God doesn’t just want to give us enough hope to get by, but rather, He wants to pour so much love, grace and peace on us that we will overflow with the power of the Holy Spirit. Is that something you would like? I know I would.
Have a blessed day!