Romans 15:13 (NIV)
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.
GOD is the giver of hope! He is the answer to all hopelessness.
Hope is expectation of what is sure. This means that GOD is the GOD of what we can be sure of. He is trustworthy in all His ways. In this world, people, and outcomes are all unpredictable, but GOD can be trusted. He offers words of encouragement and life when we are in despair, in need of help. GOD is there for us!
This Scripture says that the GOD of hope would fill us with joy and peace that would never cease. GOD is able to fill us with joy and peace as we trust in Him. GOD does not dish out peace to anyone who wants it. He has reserved this tangible evidence of His love for those who are trusting Him and believing in Him. —Those who have placed their faith and trust in the LORD JESUS CHRIST!
It would be a tragedy to have the promise of overflowing joy and peace and not take hold of it because of a refusal to trust in GOD. By placing our trust in Him we have the privilege of giving Him all of our burdens and our cares. We give Him our hurts, our discouragements, and He offers us overflowing joy, peace and hope. We do not have to live discouraged. We do not have to be perpetually stuck in a place of despair, fear or hopelessness. We can know hope through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. We do not have to try and make ourselves hopeful or conjure up joy where it does not exist. Through the power and presence of the HOLY SPIRIT, GOD, through CHRIST can impart hope to us. It is important to note that this impartation of hope requires the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, the third person of the Godhead, who makes this hope transfer possible. We experience the HOLY SPIRIT as JESUS CHRIST described Him in Acts 1:4 (NIV). The HOLY SPIRIT enables us to overflow with hope.
What difficult circumstances are you currently facing? Do you believe the truth of Romans 15:13? GOD has the gift of hope for you in the midst of your season of despondency. Trust in the LORD and ask Him to fill you with hope as you trust in Him! Go ahead, trust Him completely. GOD CARES!!
Praying For You,
Pastor Wally & Sister Mattie