Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
In the verse above, we see some interesting points that can teach us a few things about HOPE. Let’s explore together:
1. Biblical hope:
There is a difference between hope without God and hope with God. Our God is the “God of hope”, and this hope is available and ours. It is not a secular hope, like “I hope I get this new job”, but instead a certainty of good things to come, as every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17). It is a confidence that the God we place our faith in for salvation is a “promise-keeping God”. So we live with a firm belief that every word of the Bible is true, which breeds a confident expectation that all God says will absolutely come to pass. In other words, if God says it, that settles it.
2. Filled with hope:
The hope we have in and through Christ Jesus will FILL us with JOY and PEACE. The opposite of joy and peace is sorrow and anxiety. This speaks to me, because I like it when verses describe the qualities I will have if I am living and walking in the Spirit. I like to think of it like I have a thermostat on the wall of my spiritual home, my heart. According to this verse, if I have God’s hope, I will live with a steady supply of joy and peace. These are two fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. They are clear indicators if I am walking in the Spirit or walking in the flesh. If I find myself worried, anxious, sad, or often defeated, then my spiritual thermostat is letting me know an adjustment is needed. I need to draw near to Him, abide in His Word; pray and worship Him; surround myself with the family of God; and He will fill and renew me with His hope.
3. Abounding hope:
A third thing we see in this verse is a biblical hope is an “Abounding hope”, which means it is mine in abundance! Abounding means “more than enough or overflowing to excess”. So again, we conclude if my heart and mind are aligned with God, I will have abundant, biblical hope, and it will not give way to despair, or lose heart in the struggles or corruption of this world. Thankfully, the hope we have in Christ abounds and overcomes the cares of this world. Much like the verse – “Greater is He that is in us, than He that is in the world” (1 John 4:4); likewise, greater is the Abounding hope of Christ within us than the lies, destruction, and death we see in the world.
Tomorrow we will discover two more ways we have hope in Jesus but for now ask yourself:
Do I know what God’s hope looks like?
Am I filled with such hope?
And am I filled to the point where it overflows into other’s lives?
by Tammy Ritter