I like listening to the Bible before I go to bed. I play audio versions of the Bible on YouTube. Last night I was listening to the book of Romans chapter 15 when one verse really stood out. It was the verse that talks about the God of hope. Romans 15:13 says, “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.” I had read this verse before but listening to it last night just gave me a boost. My God is the God of hope. That is how I see Him. He is the God of the Bible, the God of truth, the God of love, the God of the impossible and the God of hope. He is God all the time and He is filled with hope all the time. I talk about hope often and it has to be a topic and a truth that we revisit often. Hope is true. Hope in Jesus is a powerful truth that can destroy all lies of the enemy and give us the faith we need to keep going. As we start this new week, I want to encourage you to hold on to the God of hope and to recognize that His hope is real. It is powerful. It is always alive and it will always impact you in a positive way when you hang on to it. You can choose to listen to the world and get dragged by the negativity and the pessimism that are so rampant or you can choose to follow the God of hope. He is telling you today that hope is with you and hope will see you through. Attach it to your heart. Let it take possession of your mind. Feed your soul on it and live it out. Hope is alive and His name is Jesus!
The God of hope can fill you with joy and peace. He can do that anytime and all the time. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are. The God of hope has the power to give you the strength to overcome anything through Him. You can have hope in Him, through Him and with Him. Like I said earlier, the key is to hold on to Him. Hold on to who He is. He is hope incarnated. If you are having a hard time today, if you are sad and discouraged, turn to the God of hope. Pray to Him. Ask Him to fill you with His joy and peace. His Spirit will show you that there is always hope. In the darkest valley and even in the most desperate times, hope is there. God is a generous God and He will give you what you need. Let me say this again. God is a generous God and He will give you what you need. What you need first might not be what you think you need. Before God solves your problems, He wants to “solve you.” He wants to get you to a place where you are strong again and you are relying on Him. He can do that many different ways. He will replace your sadness with His joy and your worries with His peace. Keep yourself in that new place. Keep yourself where joy and peace are abundant. There is an endless supply of them in Heaven and the Lord is making them available to you now. Stay there by keeping your hopes up and by celebrating the Lord. Praise and worship are a celebration of Jesus or at least they should be. Keep celebrating Him with singing and with your thoughts and your actions and you will stay where hope is.
Not only can the God of hope give you peace and joy, He can make you overflow with hope. When peace and joy are everywhere, hope is a steady place. Hope becomes your new normal and you want to do whatever it takes to reside there. You can live where hope resides. Stay close to God. Continue to pray. Continue to rely on Him and to celebrate Him. Read His Word. Trust His Word more than you trust the world. Find people who adore Jesus and who believe He is the Savior who can do the impossible and the God of hope. Find your tribe and be sure to commune with them. The God of hope is more than amazing. He is phenomenal and you are going to learn that His hope is like nothing you have seen before. Just like Paul, I am praying that 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. Hope for the best in Jesus. Hope for a life filled with His blessings as you walk with Him all the time. Have hope for people in your life. Have hope for the world. Be a person of hope whose God is unfailing. Nothing is impossible with God. Stay encouraged and don’t lose hope!
Suggested reading: Psalm 130:5; Romans 15:13; Titus 1:1-2