The God of Hope
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~Romans 15:13
What does the word “hope” bring to your mind? Everyone lives on hope. It is the anticipation that something that has not occurred will occur. Human hope has uncertainties in it. To be absolute about an anticipated event would remove the expectation of hope. We hope that something good will happen. However, spiritual hope is the anticipation that something divinely promised will occur as indicated. This morning, we are considering the Christian hope. Let us see the God of hope.
We see the Person.
The first thing we see is the God of hope. The God of hope is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Hope for every Christian is a Person, and that Person is God. As the God of hope, His Word and promises are absolute and unfailing. As the God of hope, His availability to us is anywhere, everywhere, and always. As the God of hope, He will never fail or forsake us. As the God of hope, He is our Helper at all times.
We see the permeation.
As the God of hope, He fills us with all joy and peace in believing. This means that our hope in God gives us contentment, satisfaction, and perfect peace. The result of faith in God is the overcoming of our fears, anxieties, worries, and despair. It is a complete assurance that floods our hearts. It is the fruit of the Spirit bearing witness with us that God has not abandoned us. We experience this hope after a season of prayer. We experience this hope during storms and trials.
We see the power.
The believers’ hope is grounded in the power of the Holy Ghost. This hope cannot be worked up. It is divine and Heaven-sent. The power of the Holy Spirit in hope is the after-effect of abiding in Christ and walking in the Spirit. It is the power that gives us assurance that we can move forward, even though we are weak. It is the power that gives us strength to do all things. It is the power that keeps us from becoming bitter and defiling many. It is power that does exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think.
We see the profitability.
God wants us to abound in hope. What an amazing thought! In the world, hope means that we are always on edge, wondering how things will turn out. The God of hope enables us to rest in His promises and accept that all things work together for good to them that love God. Abounding in hope is living in the will of God and knowing that it is good, perfect, and acceptable. It is a hope that is not disappointed if a different result occurs. Abounding in hope is a constant, optimistic, and positive attitude that “it’s all good.”
The God of hope is our Source and Sustainability for personal hope. Let God produce the joy and peace in believing that empowers us to have powerful hope.
Have a hope-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading: John 3-4