The Hope of God
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
As Alexander the Great was setting out on his conquest of Asia, he inquired into the finances of his followers. To ensure that they would not be troubled about the welfare of their dependents during their absence, he distributed crown estates and revenues among them. When he had thus disposed of nearly all of the royal resources, his friend, General Perdiccas, asked Alexander what he had reserved for himself. "Hope," answered the king. "In that case," said Perdiccas, "We who share in your labors will also take part in your hopes." He then refused the estate allotted to him, and several other of the king's friends did the same. [Daily Walk; May 25, 1992]
Hope for the Christian is a confirmed assurance. It is a knowledge of a future expectation that will be completed. It is a peaceful confirmation that what has been promised is sure and guaranteed. Paul gave a word of great assurance to the believers at Rome that our God is the God of all hope!
There is the insignia of hope.
God, by His infallible Word, has given us hope. As a Christian, we need not be overwhelmed about the future. Our future is secure and settled because of what God has already declared to us in His Word. His Word is His signature of guarantee for our future.
There is the infusion of hope.
“The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace...” The hope that we receive from God gives us joy and peace. It removes all fear and gives us confidence in God’s power. The hope of this world leaves us with an unsettled feeling and the thought of, “What if?” However, the hope that we have from our Lord sweeps over our soul with such an assurance that all things are well.
There is the intention in hope.
“...That ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” God desires that we abound in hope! It’s the idea that things are great and that we are in good hands. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit makes this hope to increase in our heart. Hope is not waking up in the morning with a diminished anxiety. No, hope is waking up in the morning and going to bed at night with the blessed assurance that God has our best interest in mind and under control.
There is the incredible in hope.
Hope gives us strength. Hope inspires our vision. Hope keeps us going. Hope keeps us close to God. Hope is what we give to those who are struggling. Hope is a dividend of the Christian life. My hope is in the Lord!
Don’t lose hope! Make sure that your hope is centered on the Person and promises of God. He is the God of all hope!
Have a hope-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Exodus 19-21